With the beginning of May, every student and every teacher is aware of how many days remain before the end of the school year; the count down is on! Parents are also aware that the summer “vacation” is right around the corner. Surely, parents remember when they were the students and how much they looked forward to summer time … sleeping late, no homework, no tests …. parents do not begrudge their children summer break. But, as parents, there is now the thought of what will the “kids” do for the next couple of months ….especially when a single parent must work — or if both parents are working.
For many, summer time becomes a break from school — but not so much from learning. For some, there will be summer school because they did not do quite as well as they expected to do over these past 9 months. For others, there will be a variety of learning “camps” — science camp, art camp, swimming lessons, or a variety of sports camps.
In reality, for all of us …. learning continues … even when we finish formal studies. We come to a point when we realize, we either continue to learn — or we stagnate — and in an ever-changing world, we actually go backward.
What have you learned recently? What “new knowledge” has become a part of you?
The first time I booked an airline ticket for myself on the computer was something I wanted to share with others!
I remember years ago when I learned to “cut and paste” from one document on my computer into another document —WOW! I was so pleased that I had learned something new — and proud that this new knowledge made work easier. [To let someone know what I had learned would mean, of course, letting them know that I had not known this before.]
In the Gospel [John 14:23-29], Jesus tells us that “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” All that is important, all that is essential for peace and happiness, our God will teach us. God may not help us to solve a physics problem if we never studied physics, but God will show us to use what we know to live well. God will guide us through the puzzles of life to be secure.
A first thought: we come to know what we need to know, when it is time to know. Most of us came to know how to live on our own when we left home — to go to college, to enter the military, to go to work. All that we had studied and all that we had done, prepared us to step out — once we stepped out, we really began to learn new things — to care for ourselves, to live with others, to work with others, to budget time, to use money —- when the time was right. And foolishly perhaps we thought we were learning on our own. If we can step back, we realize in faith, that all along, God was with us …. and helping us come to know.
A second thought — wisdom and knowledge come to those who seek it. We are not alone — the ADVOCATE — THE GREAT TEACHER – is right here with us. Daily, we are called to seek his wisdom — what do I say? what do I do? which choice should I make? where do I need to be? We may not be led to the mountaintop by an angel to see the shining city, [Rev. 10_21-24], but God will help us to rise above the woes and troubles before us — so that we can see the bigger picture — to see from where we have come and where we need to go — and the path from point A to point B. Sometimes the everyday stuff weighs us down so that we literally cannot see our way out of the forest — so God shows us a grander scheme of things ….. and assures us that we will be ok … and the path opens before us.
A third thought — the great teacher helps us to discern from our own voice, the human voice, and the divine wisdom given to us all — In Acts 15:22-29, we here of the problem when those with mere human power try to teach others — and the problems that flow. Then, there are the teachers who have received the Spirit of God, who teach like no one else. This anointed voice will be the truly holy person — ordained and not ordained. The non-divine voice, disturbs the peace of mind of God’s people — the non-divine voice lays unnecessary burdens on those to whom he/she speaks. There are so many voices — and THE ADVOCATE, THE TEACHER will help us to listen to the voice that will lead to peace of mind.
Over the past 5 years I have learned so much about myself. Over these years I have learned much about others and about life itself. There have been times when I seemed to know clearly “where I was going and what I needed to do.” Then there were times when I seemed not to have a clue.
Surely, I learned some things from the choices I made and the places I put myself. But, there were so many people, so many experiences, so many opportunities that were beyond my ability to plan — to know. The Advocate, a gift of Jesus, showed me the way. The Advocate, the Teacher, a gift of the Father, taught me the way, showed me the path.
The Scripture teaches: “And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”
I believe — I have been taught — and I remain a student in need to learn.