When you don’t know, ask your neighbor

Sometimes you just sit with that blank stare and wonder

What does this REALLY mean?

I am wondering that about this week’s story in the stories curriculum. I’ve read and heard about the widow’s mite for my whole life and yet this week I have real doubts about my previous teaching emphases associated with that event.

If you’ve looked at the suggested lesson plan already, then you’ll notice that the catechism question I chose to highlight was

Does God know all things?

We could debate the merits of that choice, but this post is rather meant to encourage you.

It is good to wrestle with the Word. Your students are the better for it. And, each year of teaching will be unique.

A total aside: I’ve just left my women’s bible study where several women did the same study last year that we are doing this year. The discussions about what God teaches us from one year to the next and our different perspectives was fascinating. Of course, I’m also just now getting fascinated by that TIME HOP app on my phone and relishing my fb perspectives of one year, two years, and three years ago!

Trust his voice. And ask your fellow teachers (or priests or commentators or FB friends) for their insight.

Imagine my joy when I entered the classroom this past week where I had agreed to substitute teach. The story was this week’s from seasons and sacraments, JESUS FORETELLS HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION.

The teacher does a chalk drawing for the day and he’d left me this.

You can’t see it too well, but it was perfect. I talked through this visual and it enhanced my understanding while I did.

Jesus is saying, “All right fellows, come on if you’re coming, I have to go.”


Do that teaching thing, folks. But don’t do it alone. This, too, is a communal thing!

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