Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First day in school


Ah, the joys of having a school in the parish! Today our small local school returned to the fray after the 'summer' holidays ... I use inverted commas for the word summer, as the weather has been such in Ireland that the word summer seems to be the wrong one to describe the rainy season that we have just experienced. Inevitably, after a night of deluge, the day dawned clear and bright for the first day back. Inevitably, I teased the children about that fact.

As I stood before the children to lead prayers at the opening assembly, I first mused with them about the fact that once Jesus must have been in a similar situation to them: whether it was starting school for the first time, or coming back to it again after a holiday break. The Gospels don't mention his schooling, of course, but we know from the fact that he would stand up in the synagogue and read from the scrolls that he could read. Bystanders may have wondered where his wisdom came from, but we never hear them being amazed by the mere fact that he could read! 

And we also know from the Gospels that he was well versed in scripture. So it seems reasonable to assume that our Lord as a little boy went to school, and had similar experiences to the ones that the children who are returning to their schools schools at this time. Our Lord, during his the childhood years of his incarnation, surely endured and enjoyed all the normal experiences of earthly life.

I don't know about you, but I find the thought comforting that Jesus, among all the things he did for us, also went to school and did homework. 

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