But he also captures the angst that one feels in students slipping from one’s grasp. As they process out in those robes and with those tassels turned you know in your heart that there are indeed wolves out there and you can no longer protect them. They are much more on their own and you the teacher have to hope that your teachings will keep them safe. I feel this doubly so this year as I have two of my five children graduating (one from high school and one from college). As a parent you want them to be kept safe from the wolves and pray that your teachings and those of others will protect them and that they will not be led astray.
Clearly Paul was a great teacher. But consider as well what all of this says about the reality of the Resurrection. I was musing with my parish priest a couple of weeks ago about why Christianity didn’t die out as a small cult. Its leader was tortured and publicly executed in the most humiliating possible way. Its followers were scared and in hiding. Yet it survived and flourished. Something very real must have happened on that very first Easter. Paul was a great teacher because he taught the Truth.
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