Fr Hugh’s Homily for 18th Sunday
I don’t know how many of you have done some teaching, but there are definite pro’s and con’s. On Tuesday nights at the Education Centre down in Lancaster I used to be part of the team teaching teachers, students and qualified, and others, the Catholic Certificate. Tuesday evening after a day’s teaching or studying was not the best time, but there it was. I was probably not the best of teachers myself, but used to give it my all, hoping that some of those undoubted gems of wisdom would land on fertile ground, which is the teacher’s perennial hope. I don’t know if you have done any teaching but if you have spent half an hour say, explaining something, very clearly you think, and then ask for questions. And then a hand goes up and asks something which shows they have understood nothing of what you have said, it is rather disappointing. (I used to wonder sometimes whether they did it deliberately to show they hated being there.) I did not leave exactly crushed, but sort of dispirited much of the time, and vowed never to try teaching teachers again…..