As I read and reflect on the Scriptures, I can’t help but hear one of Diana Ross’ iconic songs in my head:
“Do you know where you’re going to?
Do you like the things that life is showin’ you?
Where are you going to?”
(Theme from Mahogany)
I have to admit that as an educator I want to place the ”Book of 2020-2021” on a shelf in the basement. I’m tempted to not fully reflect on the consolations and desolations of the school year. I find myself wanting to do this because I don’t really want to reflect on the ways I’ve failed as a hybrid educator. I do not want to reflect on all the informal moments I didn’t have with students, or the family moments that were lost. I do not want to reflect on the constant exhaustion from the barrage of painful headlines. I’m ready to move on—but move on to what?
After the betrayal of Judas and the death of Jesus, the Apostles and disciples had to be devastated. Even among all the beautiful moments of revelation from our Lord, the reality that Jesus was killed and no longer present had to leave all the followers feeling missionless.
Are any of us feeling missionless these days?
But then the Holy Spirit came and infused the followers with great fortitude to proclaim the faith. Followers like Peter and John were shaken from their despair and focus on failure to prophetic witness. They, and many others, stood up and continued to speak the Kingdom of God into existence—just as Jesus did. Life had changed drastically for the Apostles and disciples, but the mission did not change. Life has changed drastically for you and I, but our mission has not. We are the mission. Bringing forth a radical love that is bound to transform anything and anyone, even in the most uncertain of times, is our mission.
God is love, and whoever remains in love
remains in God and God in him.
As we get closer to the summer and as school years, semesters, and financial periods close—what have we learned? Where are you as an individual going to? Where as a family, friend group, organization, institution, Church are we going to?
Justin T. White is a theology teacher at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland.