“Everything is school”

Jesus Master, the Way, Truth and Life

I love to start and end my prayer  with Jesus as Master, the Way, Truth, and Life, have mercy on us. I have probably uttered “Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life …” consciously and unconsciously a thousand times. Blessed James Alberione who gave the Pauline Family this prayer wrote that, “Everything is school” and Jesus is the Master or teacher in that school.

If everything is school, then every thing is a learning experience. In the school of Jesus, the master Himself designs the learning experiences that will enable us to learn the truth. These learning experiences are tailored to our needs. Who else will know and understand our uniqueness except the one who crated us to be unique?

Jesus Teaching

If everything is school, then we should always be in the learning mode, not wanting to miss a class, always trying to be in his presence. We know that he does not conduct his classes in a classroom. He likes to do it through field trips, in the temple, in the market, wherever there are human interactions. But he also gives one-on-one tutoring to those humble enough to admit they’re really finding it hard to learn.  His motto:  ‘Life is only a onetime experience, live it in my presence‘.

If everything is school and we have been admitted to the best school we would do everything to stay in that school. It would be foolish for us to leave the class simply because we think we are not doing well or because the assignment are difficult and challenging or our classmates aren’t cool. It would be foolish not to take the class seriously knowing that it is the only way to surely land a job in the company of the Father. (Yes, I think we will still be working when we get there. It will be very boring if we will just be sitting there and listening to the choirs of angels singing.)

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When I call you friend

The poets, the painters, the songwriters, the singers and even the likes of Mr. Webster have all tried to capture the essence of friendship in their medium. They all seem to make sense. They all seem to capture it perfectly and beautifully but after awhile one realizes that none of these or even all of them put together are enough to describe what friendship means. Maybe that painting needs a few more colours. Or, the poem needs a few more lines, the song needs a few more notes, and Mr. Webster still had to search for a few more words to completely define what friendship is. I’m sure even Ai-ai and Sharon’s latest movie BFF would need more than a few more scenes and dialogues to capture the essence of friendship. I have always wondered about that ‘few more’. Without it, the equation is not quite. Without it, there is always that sense of reservation in calling someone a friend. What is it that would make me say with conviction ‘I call you friend’? The scripture, as always, supplied the answer.

I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father (Jn 15:15).

When was the last time we had an intimate conversation with Jesus, our BFF? What was it that Jesus through the Holy Spirit shared so excitingly with us the last time? Have we told someone about it? Time to call a friend – the one who we share everything what the Holy spirit reveals to us about our Way, our Truth, and our Life.