Jesus said, Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’ (Matt 18:19-20)
The emphasis in this passage is on community. When we are focussed on our personal needs, it is easy to be selfish. There is no guarantee that communities ‘get it right’ – but if our focus is on following Jesus, we are more likely to be true to the Gospel. When we follow Jesus we lead a life of service, a life of self-giving love, a life of care for those in need. As positive as it sounds, leading such a life requires support. Thus the supportive presence of Jesus is crucial.
As we begin another school year, may we make opportunities for prayer for ourselves and the young people in our care – so that the focus of our lives is on being authentic disciples of Jesus. As much as we are authentic disciples ourselves, leading lives of service, love and compassion, we also guide our young people on a similar path – with Jesus to accompany them.
Have a great week, term and year!