There's a word that comes up in both of the readings today. That word is teach. In the first reading from Deuteronomy 4, Moses tells the people, "However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children's children's children."
In the Gospel reading from Matthew 5, Jesus says, "But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."
As parents, we are the first teachers of our children. We cannot leave teaching the faith to someone else. But this goes way beyond just family. We must be teachers of the faith to everyone. It starts with example - living the faith. But we must also know how to explain the faith to those who question us. Perhaps this is why so many are reticent to talk about their faith - because they don't know it themselves. Now that we're in the second half of Lent, spend some time learning the faith, that you may teach it to others and help them understand.
Father, give us an ever greater hunger to learn our faith. Give us the boldness to teach it to others. Amen.
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