Teach Me to Teach, Jesus- Readying the Soul for Teaching

 It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:  9-11

When we are baptized, we are initiated into God’s family.  Through this ceremony, we repent from sin and acknowledge God as our spiritual Father.  As a result, we are considered sons and daughters of God.

Jesus had absolutely no reason to be baptized under the context of repentance by which John the Baptist preached.  What would the Son of God in His perfection need to repent from?  Jesus, in fact, was baptized for other reasons- one of which was to ready His soul for the mission that was ahead of Him.  That’s why it was so important that He be cleansed by the waters of the Jordan.  For it was then that the heavens were “torn open” and “the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove.”  His humanity and the Spirit of God became one thing.  His soul was now ready for His mission.

We too, have been given a mission inside our classrooms.  In fact, we have been given many missions ranging from the different subjects that we teach, committees that we are a part of, after school activities we partake in, etc.  With these among others, we are given the mission of educating souls through the use of textbooks, worksheets, activities, experiments, and management.  Our mission is to teach the Gospel (and our subjects) in the same way Jesus did- by example.

For that reason we too should follow the example of Jesus and ready ourselves in the baptismal waters of our faith.  By recognizing His presence early and often throughout our day, He will respond to us in the same way He responded to Jesus, “You are my beloved son/daughter, with you I am well pleased.”

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