Educating for the Lived Gospel #164

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away. (Ps 139:1-2)

While this passage refers to God’s omniscience, it is also about being known. When I am known, I am in relationship and there is something comforting in that. There is also something about being known fully, in this way, that means I can’t dodge or fake my way though it. A true acceptance of myself should lead to sound love of self – not egotism. A true acceptance of myself treasures the good in me, while also acknowledging the ways that I still need to grow. While I am a human being, there is a sense in which I am also a ‘human becoming’.

That sense of human becoming is particularly true the young people in our care.We also have an important role in knowing them as well as we can. Encouraging them to strengthen their relationship with God, so that they might truly accept the good in themselves – now, that’s fulfilling – for them, and us!

Have a great week!
Patrick

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