Listen. Pay attention. Follow directions.
These are words and phrases regularly heard throughout the day in any school environment or any home.
In the Acts of the Apostles, it seems that these phrases are being directed at all of the faithful and not just to the apostles and early disciples of the time. The directives are still very real and very profound, especially as we consider that we do not know the time when Jesus will come again, as He has promised. We must listen, pay attention, and follow directions.
As a teacher, Jesus provided us with much to remember and as a teacher, He modeled the expectations. While He didn’t really give us a rubric to follow, we do have the Ten Commandments as a set of standards. Regardless, He gave us two very specific directions to follow in order to pass the test when the time came:
1. Love the Lord with all your mind, heart, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. (I love the genius use of the compound sentence.)
2. Do this in remembrance of me – participate in the Eucharist.
How well are you listening, paying attention, and following these directions? This should be a piece of cake, right? If these two things were what comprised the final exam, have you prepared appropriately?
Listen. Pay attention. The directions are simple.
Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:15-16.
Jill Fischer is Principal of St. Dominic Catholic School.