August 5, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
Each year, we choose a new theme for the upcoming school year. This year we look to the words of St. John Paul II: “Teach me, lead me, guide me to Jesus.”
At our staff retreat today, we will be exploring what that means to those of us working in Catholic schools. In doing so, we will discuss the difference between being a disciple and being an apostle.
All apostles are disciples, but not all disciples are apostles. Catholic school educators need to be both. As disciples, we must be willing to be taught, led, and guided to Jesus. As apostles, we must teach, lead, and guide others.
The readings for today tie in beautifully – it is the apostle that picks up the cross. As educators, we pick up our cross and “lose” our lives for His sake – we die unto ourselves in service to our students.