Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells of Saul’s introduction to the remaining disciples. Because of his former persecution of Christ’s followers, “they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles, and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken of him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.”
Saul (now called Paul) was fortunate to have someone speak up for him, fortunate to have someone mentor him and welcome him into the disciples’ company. We know that Paul went on to become one of the greatest defenders of Church and Christ. He could not have done so without someone believing in him. Who in your life could you mentor? Who could you show ways to improve – in the classroom, the ball field, the workplace? Who could you bring back to the faith, not with judgment but love? This week we honor those who guide, teach and mentor our future: teachers. We are blessed here with teachers and catechists who strive daily to bring out the best in all our children. May God continue to bless their work; and may we be ever thankful to them for their vocation.