Is learning important? Moses sure thought so! “Hear … what I am teaching you to observe, that you may live….” Last weekend it was Peter we heard from: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Here at St. Louis we believe learning is important, and it shows. Over the summer, great effort went in to ensuring that our school will be ready to open its doors, welcoming children from pre-school through 5th grade to the great adventure of learning in a faith-filled, loving environment.
Last week I invited everyone to reflect on hungers we may bring with us as we come to Mass. Then, reflect and give thanks for the ways the Lord can satisfy each hunger. Today, let’s shift focus. Let’s reflect on how we respond to what the Lord offers. But let’s consider an aspect of being Catholic, of believing and belonging in a sacramental church that we may take for granted, or even overlook. At the heart, being a sacramental church is our recognition that faith involves every part of us, body, mind and spirit.
Over the centuries, various men and women have observed how becoming a disciple is a process. Even the scriptures make that clear. St John shows us how the man born blind hears about Jesus, encounters Jesus, grows in understanding and admiration, and at the end of the journey becomes a follower. The Samaritan Woman at the Well provides another example, moving from a chance encounter, to a conversation, to eventually evangelizing her town. Doug Shaup did great work investigating this process in our own day; Sherry Weddell lays it out well in Forming Intentional Disciples.