Daily Gospel Reflection for July 15, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:34—11:1 – Memorial of St. Bonaventure

Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Matt. 10:40

Last year, at a parent-teacher conference for one of my boys, a teacher was slamming my son. The more she complained about his messy work and work space, the more I realized she just did not understand or accept how adolescent boys are. On the one hand, I could appreciate where she was coming from. I share her same Type A personality. I like things neat, organized and on time. I too get frustrated with my son’s sloppiness and Type B tendencies. But as she continued to complain about him, I refused to let on that I shared her frustrations. He’s my son, after all. I have to have his back. Accordingly, I went the other way and defended him, telling her all about the wonderful things he does that she clearly didn’t recognize.

Her prejudice had her deaf to anything I said. Her lack of acceptance of my son was extending to me. When I finally realized she was the lost cause, not him, I ended the conference. No school is perfect, and not all teachers love every student. Nonetheless, I was still crushed. So many of his previous teachers loved him. In fact, I still send Christmas cards to one of them. When they welcomed and received my son, they received my heart.

The same holds true for God and Jesus. Not everyone welcomed Jesus and His teachings. But the ones who did receive Him received God’s heart too.

Ponder:

How am I affected when people receive or reject my child(ren)? How do you suppose God is affected when people receive or reject His Son?

Pray:

Father of All, fill me with the grace I need to accept when people reject my child(ren).


Copyright 2019 Claire McGarry

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Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, These Days devotional, and the Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.

2 Comments

  1. Jacqueline McNeil on

    Claire, in your sharing here, you took me back to my teaching days when I taught five classes of adolescent boys some years, and others years, both freshmen and junior classes. In that particular high school where I taught for 19 years, we were fortunate to participate in regular teacher workshop days where professional educators and psychologists would present enlightening and helpful information and strategies for meeting and totally understanding each student’s unique method of learning and organization in general. One such workshop focused on a scientific book entitled, Right side, Left side, referring to the brain, and how we each fall into one or the other of the two types. Now as much as I reject any labels or categories of humans, and being one of those teachers you mentioned who truly loved every student in my classes, I appreciated learning about right-sided students, who being creative, talented and imaginative, are often seemingly messy and seemingly unorganized, even in their school lockers, but just as intelligent, motivated and
    dedicated in their pursuit of education as left sided, organized, systematic student types. Yes, each so called brain type needs to and can become more balanced in their approach to learning etc. but these characteristics do not define the character, essence and Gift every child is, and I was saddened to think that a teacher would
    show no acceptance of what you, the mom who knows your son best, was telling her, and most of all that the teacher would be so narrow in her critique. In my books, that teacher should look for another profession!

  2. Oh, Jackie! I wish I called you on the night of this Parent-Teacher Conference to get your wisdom and insight then! However, it’s just as valuable to me now. You so beautifully captured how gifted we all can be in our own unique ways, while still falling into certain categories. It seems to me, you should be the one now giving those workshops. You could benefit so many teachers, and in turn, the students and parents. Oh how I wish I could enroll my son’s teacher in your class!

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