Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel we hear Our Lord ask, “Who do you say that I am?” Most of us would not be here if we had not already given serious thought to that question. Yet every new experience in our lives gives us another opportunity to learn more about the Lord.
This week our children will be returning to the classroom for all kinds of learning and our young adults will be off to trade schools, military service (some already) and college. All will have a multitude of “new experiences.” Some may cause a lot of soul-searching. It is good to remind ourselves that all learning must be an honest search for the Truth. Our Lord Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He answers His own question but not until we ourselves have wrestled with the first question and made our Faith, our experience with Christ our own.
Parents have a wonderful opportunity to affirm who Jesus is, oftentimes in very small but powerful ways. Parents have you ever thought of blessing your children as they leave the home for school? Is there a Holy Water receptacle in your home and do you sprinkle your children daily reminding them of their salvation from God at Baptism. Do you say a prayer with them for a good day at school? Very often the simplest prayers from your heart carry profound meanings and can remind your loved ones separated from you during the day of your spiritual presence and, indeed, the Presence of Our Lord. We do not confine our Faith to just being in Church or Faith Formation, but rather our encounter with the Lord is all pervasive in every aspect of life — most especially in family life.
As our children or young adults head out to schools, let your homes be always the First School where children know the happiness and peace that come from being children of God as they prepare for their various walks-of-life.