Can’t Do Everything…so do what you can, even though it would be easier not to…
Forget about NO tugging. Are you convinced you’re doing your fair share to make the world a little nicer?
This morning, it’s our turn to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our Church.
Sometimes 40 children, sometimes 100. Cheryl and I will try with all our might, to tug on their young, impressionable hearts.
Yes, indecision. Still. And it’s only been two hours since Catechism and I’m still torn. Miss Jenny said, “Follow your heart.”
“My heart says stay. My logic says quit”, I reply without hesitating.
Our class was smaller and more intimate, and Miss Jenny and I both thought sitting on the floor (for the first time ever), would be a good state change.
If you’ve never tried to capture and maintain a group of children’s attention between 6:30pm and 7:45pm, then you have not experienced one of life’s great challenges. Whew, it’s one tough teaching assignment.
But tonight (actually last night) was glorious (not perfect), and if they were all like this, it’d be easier. But they won’t be and it isn’t.
Wednesday. Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Our son (9) attends Catechism, and Miss Jenny (may or may not be her real name), leads this small (12) group of future spiritual leaders, fututre parents, and possibly, future Catechists.
And then there’s me, a struggling Catechist.
The past two years I’ve been invited to assist on Wednesday nights. This was a natural and desirable opportunity, since I drive our son to attend.
Otherwise, I’d just sit in the car, doing work on a laptop, which is what I did three years ago when this started.
But this year, something is different. Mostly my schedule. It’s the busiest I can ever remember being. Ever.
In fact, the first month, September, was the busiest travel month all year. I missed every single session. October was not much different.
I feel like dropping out. If I can’t give it my all, my full attention, I feel guilty.
What would you do?
Sundays during the school year, our Church offers Children’s Liturgy of the Word for Kindergarten through fifth grade. Two or three adult leaders form a team and lead a particular week each month.
The volunteer leaders perform various functions to help bring Mass down to an Elementary level and to engage the children differently (better) than the adult Mass.
My wife, a good friend, and I, lead 50-100 children through Children’s Liturgy every the fourth Sunday.
This past Sunday, for a variety of reasons, my wife Cheryl led it solo. Sixty-five children in all. She said they were incredibly well behaved. If you’ve never done this, you’d be amazed at how challenging it is.
We began volunteering in this ministry several years ago after a parishioner made a plea for more volunteers or the program would end.
Funny how life puts things in your path. This experience has me delivering homilies (sermons). Who would have ever thought? Me? You’ve got to be kidding.