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“In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without Him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race.”
When I first heard these words in Sister Mary Gerald’s Religion class in high school, I began my person quest to seek God’s truth in the words of the Bible. This is the challenge I give to each of my students. In my 7th and 8th grade Religion classes, my students keep a Scripture Journal. They are assigned a book of the Bible and each school day, they are to read a chapter, pick a verse that speaks to them, and write a short comment.
My Catholic faith was also enriched when I was privileged to live in Jerusalem, Israel during my university years. I have often explained that I went to Israel to study Middle East politics and came back a better Catholic. One moonless night, I was crossing the Sea of Galilee in a small boat. As the boat was rocking and water was splashing onto the deck, I envisioned what the Apostles saw when they caught sight of Jesus walking on the water toward them.
While I did visit many churches and holy sites, the story of Jesus would unfold as I walked the streets of the Old City, visited the Western Wall, or stood on the Temple Mount. As I walked out of the dorm complex to catch a bus, I could look to my left and see the Mount of Olives.
This is what I want for my students. I want them to realize that Jesus was the Son of God, who came to save us. However, he was also man. He walked the streets of Jerusalem. He sailed on the Sea of Galilee. He was born. He lived with his parents. He studied Scripture.
I also want my students to realize that God gave us this amazing planet filled with other children of God. Each of us with gifts to share.
To see God’s amazing gift, I have travelled to or lived in many places. Attending Masses in different places and hearing it in many languages constantly demonstrated to me the “catholic” or universal mark of the Church. I did not have to know the language. I could understand what was going on despite the fact that the words were in Spanish, Croatian, Greek, French, German, or Italian.
During my nearly twenty years at Saint Patrick School, I have also taught Social Studies, Math, Language Arts and Science. However, I have always felt that most important thing I have taught is Religion.