All of us have had teachers we’ve liked more than others. I bet most of us have even had a teacher or two we just couldn’t stand. Above all, we like some teachers more than others on account of the kindness they show us. Often the way a person treats us or makes us feel is more important than their expertise. One of my mentors taught me this lesson some time ago, “people will not always remember what you taught them, but they will remember how you treated them.” In today’s Gospel (Matthew 23:1-12), Our Lord presents the scribes and Pharisees as teachers to be listened to, but not as teachers who are kind to their students. We should learn two lessons from this: first, we need to be truly humble in order to receive a good lesson from someone who is unkind or hypocritical; second, we need to be humble and kind so that we can better share God’s message.
Lord, make us authentic teachers in word and deed!
Who are the teachers who have been kind to you?