Second Sunday in Lent, March 12
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.
It’s interesting how a punctuation mark can change the whole meaning of a sentence. It can change from a calm “get up” to a forceful “Get up!” It is in the nature of a teacher to exercise patience when talking to her students. Only when exercising patience can a teacher teach. Only when receiving patience can a student learn. There are exceptions to this rule, a mother, who is always a teacher, would not calmly tell her child to get out of traffic; a mother would scream loudly for her child to get out of traffic, but not out of anger—but out of love. We, at our best, are teachers who exercise patience with the absence of an exclamation mark and, at our worst, are teachers that exercise no patience and utilize the exclamation mark. As students we learn most when we are loved and accepted, when we are valued and cared for, and ultimately when we’re given patience.
Melissa DuQuette (Holy Trinity Sunday School teacher & member)