Reading: Matthew 21: 23-32 (Click to read text)
Reflection: At my church, instead of a traditional Sunday School, we have what is called "Sunday Mornings Together." Children, youth, and adults can come during the time between our two church services to engage in faith formation activities.
As we kicked off this year's season earlier this month, our teacher for that day talked about Jesus teaching us in many ways. We looked at some Bible stories where Jesus was a teacher. I don't recall that today's reading was one of the stories but it could have been. Jesus is teaching and some chief priests and elders come and try to corner him by asking questions. I must admit, Jesus is not really what we might think of as a good teacher, as he asks questions to the chief priests and elders and does give them direct answers. But, I think he makes a point. He knows his audience and needs to adapt his teaching style to them.
I saw this happen recently in my daughter's preschool class. When I dropped her off, I saw how her teacher was using methods for each student that reached those students. She knows her students well and can do that. But it takes getting to know her students, their gifts, and abilities and how they think.
We can do that, too, as we are teachers about and for Jesus. With your friends and family, whom you should know well, speak to them at their level. Tell them what Jesus means to you and how with Jesus, your life is better. We call take time to tell those stories, as we all are in front of the classroom of those we are with each day. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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