Our Vocation as Teachers

Our Vocation As Teachers

Within a Catholic vision of religious education, the task of a teacher is to show students what it means to know and follow Jesus Christ, as proclaimed by the Gospels which ‘are the heart of all the Scriptures’ (Directory for Catechesis, 41). In this sense, teaching is never just a ‘job’. It is a vocation. It involves the privilege and responsibility of accompanying students on their journey with God and imparting a beautiful vision for their lives.

Viewing the world as fundamentally graced, and upholding the dignity of every human person, we share our joy of being called into one family of faith by the creative, redeeming, forgiving God, made known through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. We strive to embody that vision in community. Imperfect as we are, we seek to live as ‘one body of Christ’, a life of love, forgiveness, unity, worship and justice.

And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?… As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ 

Romans 10:14-15

Christ Our Great Teacher

One of the most recognisable images in Christianity is the icon of Christ Pantocrator. Christ holds the Scriptures in his left hand and makes the gesture of teaching or of blessing with his right.

The oldest known surviving example of this icon (left) was created in the 6th or 7th century and is preserved in St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert. Christ Pantocrator (Greek: Χριστος Παντοκρατωρ) is usually translated as Christ ‘Almighty’ or ‘All-powerful’.