This Sunday’s first reading (Acts 14:21-27) is an inspiration for all of us catechists. Paul and Barnabas, those pioneer catechists, exude such great zeal and energy, travelling from place to place and proclaiming the word of God. Here’s the line I find most inspiring:
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the kingdom of God.”
Paul and Barnabas did not go about promising that life would be a rose garden. Rather, they offered the only true source of sustenance for life’s journey: the Risen Christ. All of us undergo hardships. As catechists, we can strengthen the spirits of those we teach and exhort them to persevere in faith.
May we take inspiration from Paul and Barnabas to be zealous catechists!