Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Teach me!

Readings: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Psalm 117:1-2; Luke 11:1-4

I pride myself on being a "self-made man". I have taught myself many things. When I was about 12 years-old I taught myself how to ride a unicycle. After a lot of practice and a lot of failures I was able to leave the balancing poles behind and set out to ride all over the neighborhood.

I received a great foundation in the Catholic faith under the careful eyes of Sister Dorothy and Sister Bernadette. Yet, when I came back to the faith after an extended leave of 10 years I taught myself by using the Catechism and the Bible and by studying various books etc.

I don't care much for formal classes unless it is something that I am really interested in. I like to do things myself and teach myself. I call it independence but it is really thinly veiled pride. Many would say that it is a great ability to be able to teach oneself but I see it as my greatest fault. I am too proud to say, "teach me." To say those words, in my mind, is the same as saying, "I don't know something, I am weak, I need help.  I don't have what it takes." Pride, pride, pride.

In today's Gospel I am encouraged to put aside my pride. The apostles give me the courage to say, "teach me." Here are men who have been following Jesus for a while. They have witnessed His miracles, heard His teachings, and watched Him pray. A pride filled person would assume to know and be able to imitate all that the master has done by now. In fact, just a few days ago we read that apostles healed and cast out demons. Yet, now they are asking simply to know how to pray.  For me, this is humility and I hope to imitate it by asking the Master to teach me everything.  Lord, teach us to pray!

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In my mind one of the greatest teachers of our day is Dr. Scott Hahn (no relation).  I think you'll enjoy his book Understanding Our Father: Biblical Reflections on the Lord's Prayer.

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