The Word on the Playground

The word on the playground

While on playground duty one day, a student named Max approached me and asked me to share a passage of scripture with him. I must admit I was caught a little off guard by the question, but the passage that jumped to mind was ‘I am the Vine you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce much fruit’ (John 15:5).

I decided to share this with Max because it’s the Gospel passage that frames our Year 6 Reflection Day and Graduation Mass. It reinforces the importance of staying close to Christ through the Church and it is a way of encouraging our students to think about joining the parish youth group as a way of staying connected once they go on to high school.

A short time later, Max approached me again on the playground and asked the same question. This time I shared the passage ‘Let your light shine, so that others will see the good you do and will praise your father in heaven’ (Matthew 5: 16). As our school motto is ‘Let your Light Shine’ I thought it most appropriate to share this and we discussed ways in which we could let our light shine.

Before we parted I said to Max, ‘Next time I am on duty I would like you to share one of your favourite passages of Scripture with me.’

The passage he shared with me is from Luke 21: 34: ‘Don’t spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life.’

I thanked him for sharing it and asked why he chose it. He said that too many people worry unnecessarily about their lives. We should trust in God and spend more time praying.

After completing playground duty I went to my office cupboard to look for a prayer card for him. One accidentally fell to the floor. It was titled ‘Footprints’. It must have been the one the Lord wanted him to have because when I gave it to him the look of delight on his face was priceless!

This story is shared by Steve Foresto, REC at Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Forestville NSW. The photographic work above is by his son, Harrison Foresto.