FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Thursday, March 9
Class of 2017
Teamwork Makes God’s Dream Work
“Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” -Matthew 7:5
A typical afternoon at my student teaching internship last semester when I was walking down the hall with two third-grade boys: Ryan takes off in a sprint down the hall.
Me: “Woah, Ryan, walking feet in the hall, please.”
Timmy: “Ms. Filosa, Ryan shouldn’t get a sticker on his chart today because he was running and that’s being bad!”
Me: “How about instead of worrying about what Ryan is doing wrong, you worry about what you can do right to earn stickers for your chart?”
Timmy: “But Ms. Filosa it’s not fair . . .” (In the process of ratting Ryan out, Timmy doesn’t realize that he’s been picking up his pace and proceeds to wipe out down half a flight of stairs.)
Aside from his pride being a little wounded, after a hug and a quick conversation about tattling, Timmy was totally fine. Recently, however, I’ve realized I feel a lot like Timmy sometimes. I’ve had so many times when it seems like all I can see are the ways someone else is screwing up and, the next thing I know, I fall flat on my face. I realize that I’ve been making the same mistakes, kind of like how Timmy, in his quest for hallway justice, didn’t realize that he was breaking the same rule as Ryan. Now, I’m all for hallway justice. I had a talk with the boys that day about how we could make the hallway a better place if they helped each other out, and encouraged one another to follow the rules. I kind of think that God is asking the same of us. When it comes to your soul, God is not asking you to grow in comparison to anyone else. He’s asking you to grow in comparison to you. Work on your own soul this Lent. Find those ways you know you need to change, and help others to do the same. We could make our school, and our world, a better place if we support and encourage one another in doing good.
Dear God, thank You for the gift of community. Please help us to recognize the goodness in one another rather than the shortcomings. Help us to encourage one another in doing Your will. Help us to share in Your love and mercy. Amen.
Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8 Mt 7:7-12