Je­sus – The Teacher

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - If you have an item you’d like in­cluded in Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar, send them to us by email at cblack­ or give us a call at 695-3671. The dead­line is 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day for in­clu­sion in the next edi­tion. Rev. Jef­frey Pet­ten

Sup­port­ing the ed­u­ca­tional needs of the stu­dents on the South­west Coast

Block the Bus is a back to school ini­tia­tive for all the South­west Coast stu­dents and familes. Peace­full Com­mu­nites col­lects and pur­chases school sup­plies for fam­i­lies that re­quire as­sis­tance for the up­com­ing school year. If you, or a fam­ily that you know needs as­sis­tance, call 695-6901 or email peace­­mu­ni­ties. All calls are con­fi­den­tial. We ony re­quire male/fe­male, grade at­tend­ing and a con­tact num­ber to reach you for pickup/de­liver of book bag. We ac­cept all re­fer­rals and we do not re­quire any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Book bags will be ready for pick up mid-late Au­gust. CHAN­NEL is of­fer­ing a free vol­un­teer peer sup­port group fa­cil­i­ta­tion train­ing in Port aux Basques. If you are in­ter­ested in host­ing a men­tal health peer sup­port group in your area or in de­vel­op­ing your skills as a group fa­cil­i­ta­tor, con­tact Bon­nie (col­lect) at 709-6434361 or Joel at 694-0636. Hosted by the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­lary at the 50+ Club. Con­tact Doreen Bur­ton at 695-2850 for more in­for­ma­tion. As a drop in cen­tre, youth from 12-18 can come by Mon­day to Thurs­day till 9 p.m., Fri­day till 10 p.m., and Satur­day 3-10 p.m. There are darts, ping pong, air hockey, Wii games, X box games, Net­flix, board games and arts and crafts avail­able. We do have spe­cial events on our sched­ule and do plan spe­cific ac­tiv­i­ties for staff to in­volve the youth in. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 695-6901. Want to join curl­ing? Con­tact Gary O’Brien at go­b­rien­ (695-7582); Face­book page (Gate­way Curl­ing). No spe­cial equip­ment re­quired and lessons are free. Have you been turned down for sta­tus with the Qalipu First Na­tions Band? If so, con­sider join­ing the Mi’Kmaq First Na­tions Assem­bly of New­found­land. Con­tact them at 1-709-388-6362 or visit their web­site www. mf­ An in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is avail­able to New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents. Any­one in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing for the ses­sions should call 709-576-0608 or email The se­ries is for in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease or a re­lated de­men­tia. In­cludes ses­sions on an over­view of de­men­tia, cop­ing strate­gies, com­mu­nity re­sources and sup­ports. Com­mit­tee will be hold­ing a Lu­mi­nary Cer­e­mony at Scott’s Cove Park on Tues­day, Au­gust 15, 2017. It will start with a pa­rade from board­walk be­hind Shop­pers Drug Mart to the Boat. Lu­mi­nar­ies are avail­able by call­ing Dorothy at 695-8265, Ma­bel at 695-3230 Mar­i­lyn at 955-2291 and Lorna at 695-7188. In case of in­clement the ser­vice will be held on Au­gust 16 or Au­gust 17. Are you in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing? Western Health is look­ing for vol­un­teers to as­sist as greeters at Western Memo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Cen­tre. Greeters help wel­come vis­i­tors and clients and as­sist them in find­ing lo­ca­tions through­out the build­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Vol­un­teer Re­sources De­part­ment at 709-637-5369 or visit our web­site at west­ern­

Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary invit­ing vol­un­teers to work at their gift shop two-hours/week min­i­mum. Shop is open seven days a week (2-4 p.m.) and (7-9 p.m.); ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from males/fe­males. High school stu­dents wel­come. Train­ing pro­vided. Po­lice check re­quired. Call Doreen Bur­ton at 695-2850.

Tues­day 10-5 and 7-9;

Wed­nes­day 9-1, 2-5, 6-9;

Thurs­day 12-9;

Fri­day 10-12, 1-5;

Satur­day 9-1 2-5.

Closed Sun­day and Mon­day.

Ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day is sto­ry­time. For more in­for­ma­tion please call 695-3471.

One of the things I have on my desk is this – a chalk holder. One time they were a very com­mon thing for a teacher to have. You may be ask­ing your­self, why would a priest have a chalk holder? I have had this chalk holder ever since my univer­sity days. One day I wanted to be a high school teacher. To make a long story short, I am not school teacher. Yet, now and then I take the chalk holder in my hand and look at the piece of chalk in­side and think about what it is to write on the chalk­board. Al­though things change over time, one thing has not changed, and that is the need of a teacher.

So, what is a teacher?

A teacher is a per­son who helps oth­ers ac­quire knowl­edge, com­pe­tences or val­ues. In­for­mally, the role of teacher may be taken on by any­one. In some coun­tries, teach­ing young peo­ple of school age may be car­ried out in an in­for­mal set­ting, such as within the fam­ily, rather than in a for­mal set­ting such as a school or col­lege. Some other pro­fes­sions may in­volve a sig­nif­i­cant amount of teach­ing.

In John 3: 1-17 we read of a teacher seek­ing out the wis­dom of an­other teacher. Re­cently I came across this cliché: “In or­der to be old and wise, one must be young and fool­ish.” This is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ni­chode­mus and Je­sus, the old man Ni­code­mus go­ing by night to see a young man named Je­sus. Al­though Ni­code­mus may be old he is young. Je­sus may be youth­ful, but He has been since time be­gan and even be­fore that. Ni­code­mus has to be young and fool­ish in or­der to be­come old and wise. He comes to Je­sus in the dark­ness of night be­cause he comes with ques­tions. He comes with ques­tions in search of an­swers. He comes with ques­tions in search of an­swers be­cause he wanted to be a teacher of the faith.

I would like to think that Ni­code­mus and Je­sus met years be­fore this en­counter of the night. In Luke 2: 41-47 we read that Je­sus stayed in Jerusalem: “Af­ter three days they found him in the tem­ple, sit­ting among the teach­ers, lis­ten­ing to them and ask­ing them ques­tions. And all who heard him were amazed at his un­der­stand­ing and his an­swers.” In this en­counter I would like to think Ni­code­mus was one of the teach­ers gath­ered around this 12-year-old boy, and now he gath­ers once again to Je­sus some 20 years later, still amazed at his an­swers.

Al­though Je­sus was younger in hu­man ap­pear­ance com­pared to Ni­code­mus, it is still a case of the young and fool­ish com­ing to the old and wise. And in the true fash­ion of a teacher, Je­sus uses things around Ni­chode­mus and his cul­ture to prove a point. He forces Ni­chode­mus to ques­tion what he knows and gives him room to ques­tion what has been taught for most of Ni­chode­mus’ life to be THE TRUTH, when in­deed THE Truth is right in front of him. Je­sus uses scrip­tures Ni­chode­mus would have been fa­mil­iar with. Not only did Je­sus take or­di­nary things about the king­dom to teach Ni­chode­mus, he does the same through­out the whole of scrip­ture. In do­ing this we are given those beau­ti­ful words of life, which just about ev­ery Chris­tian can quote by mem­ory, the verse of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that ev­ery­one who be­lieves in him may not per­ish but may have eter­nal life.” That is what a teacher does. A teacher does not force, but rather leaves a stu­dent with a mem­o­rable mo­ment.

So what is your mem­o­rable teach­ing mo­ment of Je­sus in your life? All of th­ese are mem­o­rable mo­ments: mo­ments of faith, mo­ments of hope and mo­ments of love. In Je­sus’ teach­ing, we are taught how to pray, to help in heal­ing, to help for­give, and, to teach – all in God’s name.


Rev. Jef­frey Pet­ten

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