I once read a story about a very young shepherd boy who often brought his sheep to the same clearing because he was fascinated by an unusual feature in a cliff nearby. The wind and rain had sculpted a large stone on this cliff, as they sometimes fancifully do, into the shape of a man's face. The young shepherd would sit staring at this figure for hours on end. Years passed and the shepherd became a man. One day, as he was bending over a small pond intent on quenching his thirst he saw the reflection of the face in the stone on the still waters. He looked over his shoulder and was puzzled when he could not find the stone where he expected to find it. He then remembered that he was nowhere near the clearing or the cliff. He realized that the face in the water was his own.
As teachers involved in a process that, we hope, will help the students under our care be transformed into disciples of Jesus, we also need to be conscious that our role is to help the students turn towards Jesus with such a fascinated gaze that it will, eventually, help them be transformed into a reflection of the Master. -- Clones of Jesus