Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
A favorite saying of Bishop Foys is “There are of course alternatives to Catholic School but there are no substitutes.” This week is Catholic Schools weeks and it is valuable to stop and recognize the gift that a Catholic Education can be to you and your children. Just as Christ said in today’s Gospel: “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” This serves as the foundation for all of our Catholic Schools, that is to share the message of the Gospel.
Christ’s mission of sharing the Gospel is not meant to exist solely in the school. Just as Bishop Foys stated that there is no substitute for a Catholic education, it is important to remember that there can not be a substitute for your role as the primary teacher of your children. I know at times it is not easy to do this, but remember even Christ had to go off alone to regroup and continue on. Your kids, no matter how much they try to distance themselves from you or give you a hard time, want and need you as their teacher. So this Catholic Schools week let us celebrate, be thankful, and continue to teach and preach the good news of Christ to all we meet.
Questions for Discussion:
- Ask your children what is one thing that they enjoy that they would be willing to do with you. Try and take time to do that thing with them.
- How busy are you and your children? Just as Jesus went off to be alone, how can you help facilitate “breaks” for you and your family?