Thought for the Week
It was the grey 50s (not as grey as some today like to believe) when Tom had come to teach in a small rural school after leaving the Christian Brothers. The two other teachers, like most in those days, applied the cane liberally to children who got their sums wrong or didn’t know their catechism. Tom was an exception. He had the rare gift of getting across a lesson without threat or menace. ‘A born teacher’ was the way they described him in The Dew Drop.
He bought a size four leather football out of his own modest salary and coached the children in a field behind the school. During the month of May he brought his wind-up gramophone to the school and played Canon Sydney McEwan singing Bring Flowers of the Rarest and other hymns to the Virgin Mary.
The odd clatter he gave to a pupil across the legs (mild in 1955) was done with restraint; his authority over them was founded on his deep love for his profession and his care for the children. He wasn’t a saint but he gained the respect of his pupils and the people of the parish. And when many of those children grew up and had to emigrate to England to help in the building of the M1 out of London, they never failed to send him a Christmas card.
His was the authority that is suggested to us by the Lord in today’s Gospel: an authority founded on care and respect. ‘My kingdom is not of this world,’ says Jesus, whose power stems from respect and commitment to the cause of humanity. On the Feast of Christ the King, the Lord invites us to avoid the way of brute force and aggression and chose an authority of service.
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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