For the Love of teaching
‘And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.’ – Acts 2:42
In last term’s reflection Stephen spoke about fellowship and the breaking of bread, particularly in the workplace. However, there is another side to the passage of Acts 2:42.
‘I feel blessed to be able to work in a place that allows us to share openly what the Catholic Church teaches…’
In the passage it speaks of the Apostles’ teachings and how their followers (Christians) dedicated themselves to what the Apostles taught, which are the Gospels. It’s these teachings that helps us live out the mission Jesus has given us, ‘As I have loved you, so you also should love one another’ – John 13:34. It’s this very mission that should permeate every aspect of our lives. For us this means bringing God’s love and sharing our faith with our family, friends, work colleagues and the people we meet in our day.
I feel blessed to be able to work in a place that allows us to share openly what the Catholic Church teaches by having some time set aside each fortnight in which we are able to share and learn more about an aspect of the Catholic faith. This past month we looked at the order of the mass, the significance and origin of the different parts. It’s through these moments of sharing that doors have been opened for others to ask questions and find answers about the Catholic faith as well as attend Mass.
‘…as followers of Christ, it is our calling to share God’s love and with those we meet.’
While these things are a conscious effort by some, I have also noticed that in devoting ourselves to the Gospel and sharing it with others, the office as a whole has also started to enact the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians:
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth’ – 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
It is this love that Paul speaks about that is to be shared with everyone. It can be as simple as a cheerful smile and a “G’day” or taking the extra time to hold the door open for someone and it is rather contagious.
Sharing our faith in the workplace is not always possible. But as followers of Christ, it is our calling to share God’s love and with those we meet. So the next time you find yourself surrounded by friends or strangers, be conscious in your actions, decisions and words as you teach them about the Gospel by being a good example and sharing with them God’s love. Be sure to check out Stephen’s article on how fellowship and the breaking of bread is still highly relevant in today’s workplace.
Jose Segarra is an Administration Officer at CCER.