Journey and return, feeding of 5 000, controversy (Mk 6:30-44)
This passage features the fantastic manifestation identity of Jesus Christ, the son of God who always feed us abundantly. This passage challenged me as I am in Markan community, personally and professionally as a teacher.
If I am in Markan community, this miracle of the bread reveals that Jesus is as powerful as the loving God of Moses according to Exodus, who provided food anytime. Jesus showed sympathy to people when he said, â€œ for they were like sheep without a shepherdâ€ (verse 34). If I am in Jesus side during this time, I will believe that Jesus is a good shepherd who has compassion and providence with His needy flock. ...view middle of the document...
When God gives He always gives over-abundantly. He will always provide more than what I need, for me to restore my dignity as a human being. As I have the privileged to have all the food more than what I need, in return I can make a difference by sharing to the less fortunate.
As a teacher, to become a good shepherd to the students is a big challenged for me. It requires more time to take care and be watchful of my studentsâ€™ holistic development. It requires commitment, energy and challenges. I should dedicate myself to provide students with the knowledge, skills, spiritual formation and character development they will need to become successful in life. My commitment is to guide students to understand that learning the subject areas like mathematics, Language, Science and others is not for their own sake or for my sake as their teacher. I will help students realize that god gave us knowledge to lead meaningful lives and use it to play our part in Godâ€™s creation. I see myself as Jesus-like being a teacher. I am a role model to them. As I gather my students in the classroom, I feel like I will protect at all times my students as I understand their uniqueness. Caring for my students will help to keep them healthy and safe at all times.
In conclusion, the challenged that this passage put into myself is the call to serve and share with my students myself, my talents and experiences, through teaching. However, the reality is sometimes I feel like it seems impossible for me when the students are not cooperating. I feel inadequate and have little compassion and energy left to understand them.
By: Zerlene M. Pipit