From the Pastor’s Desk
The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jan 28, 2024
“What is this? A new teaching with authority.”
Brothers and Sisters,
Most people can name one without hesitation when asked about the most impactful teacher they’ve ever had. However, some may struggle to pick just one, as they’ve been blessed with many. I’ve been fortunate to have had several memorable teachers throughout my education, each leaving a unique mark. For instance, one of my preschool teachers stands out for helping me overcome a speech impediment that had been holding me back. Despite the administrative hurdles, she laid the foundation for me to overcome my public speaking fears, which was invaluable. My second-grade teacher, who had just started her career, also greatly influenced me. In fact, my mother joined her as an aide, and she still teaches second grade today. Although my fourth-grade teacher may not have been as fondly remembered by my sister, her creatively structured quizzes left a lasting impression on me. During a memorable quiz, this teacher instructed us to read the entire quiz before starting. However, the last written statement was only to write our name on the paper and then turn it over. Despite this clear instruction, I and most of the class failed to follow it — lesson learned!
As I moved on to middle school, I still vividly recall my Math teacher blaming “Mr. Nobody” for careless mistakes and my science teacher emphasizing the harmony between science and faith. Still, high school was challenging to pick the most impactful teacher, as several were in contention for the top spot. In college and seminary, my professors shaped my identity by providing passionate messages, honing my skills, and posing thought-provoking questions that resonate with me today.
As we strive to follow Jesus, our incredible teacher, let’s support one another in becoming better disciples. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who answer Jesus’ call to teach and contribute to the ministry of education. Many of our parishioners are educators, administrators, and staff in various schools, where they foster academic knowledge and the development of virtuous young individuals. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, neighboring Catholic and Christian schools, and public schools all benefit from the dedication of these individuals. Let’s also remember the generous benefactors who enhance the strength of our schools, which are a valuable resource for our Church.
May the Lord bless all teachers and fill them and their families with joy as they make sacrifices for the greater glory of the Lord.