Monday, August 27, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Proverbs 4: 1-19

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. (Pro 4: 13,14)
Education as Knowing God: In the scriptural tradition of Israelites, God is not a rhetorical object; rather an embodied experience of liberation. It is a God of life who defeats the idols of death. Knowing God means embodying a liberative habitus. It is a life of listening, following and practicing experience of divine justice, freedom and peace.
Education as knowing oneself: Knowing God is not separated from the self understanding. Revelation of God, in biblical tradition, results the revelation of self. Realizing the human self as the divine self is the theological content of epiphany. Education today must lead us to new epiphanies.
Education as knowing the surroundings: Knowing God and the realizing self result the newer understanding of the social existence. Self is to be divine and thus communitarian. Practicing justice and re-imaging social relations are the result of fearing God and knowing God.
In the present day context where we are caught up in the grip of global-economic, colonial and oppressive structures- thinking and talking of this kind of wisdom is not a process of persuasion but a call to conversion. We are in a constant need of divine wisdom, which will enable our minds to think in new ways. The wisdom of God inspires hope for humanity and it gives true life. May God help us to grow in wisdom and transform the society for God's glory.
PRAYER
God of justice lead us to peace.Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The purpose of education is to prepare a person for life and not just for qualification.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church