In early September, I observed a third-grade religion class. During the lesson, the students were examining a piece of art depicting the Holy Trinity. The point of the lesson was to show the children that the Holy Spirit is the manifestation of the love between the Father and the Son. A second, unexpected lesson came from a boy who asked, “Is that where God wants us, right in the middle of the love between the Father and the Son?”
The boy’s take on the lesson was beautiful. At school, we teach messages of love, self-control and faith, but it is outside of our walls that these teachings become real.
St. Paul tells us in this Sunday’s second reading to “stir into flame the gift of God that you have received.” This week, I ask each member of our community to help us by fostering an environment outside of the school where the gifts of grace that students receive in our church and in our classrooms have a chance to take root. Help us “stir into flame” these gifts from God.