Monday, January 8, 2018

A Tribute to a Man I Never Met

A Tribute to a Man I Never Met
In yesterday's news, it was reported that a local teacher at Elder, a Cincinnati Catholic High School had died. A few weeks ago, Mark Klusman, who had taught high school at Elder High School for more than 50 years, was badly injured by a hit-and-run, drugged driver. His injuries led to his death. A tragedy for his family, and a tragedy for the young driver involved - whose life, sadly, will never be the same.

As I read the many online tributes to this popular teacher, one of them has stuck in my mind and just won't go away. One prior student wrote of him, "My strongest memory of him was that he would never let a kid eat by himself in the Elder cafeteria."

A seemingly small gesture, that this former student remembered years later.

But IS it such a small thing?

Our culture is obsessed with "Me Time." I see a constant stream of blog posts, magazine articles and spa ads about "Me Time." And, chatter amongst friends -  especially Teachers and Moms who spend their days with children - focuses unrelentingly on "Me Time."

I'm sure that Mr. Klusman also wanted "Me Time." When lunch time came and he no doubt needed rest from a long morning of demanding interactions with young people.

But, in imitation of Christ, he took the high road.

13When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

He ROUTINELY sacrificially offered his "Me Time" and made it into "You Time."

A finer tribute I cannot imagine.

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  1. You have a great point here. Our culture is also so focused on 'big and flashy' as if that's all that matters, but nothing could be further from the truth. We can never really grasp how pouring into the lives of others in what seem to be small ways will impact people, even for eternity. This is a good reminder for us to pay attention to the little things!

  2. From his photo, he looks like a good person, a bit like my father, or a monk. God rest his soul and may all the kindness be remembered. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That is a lovely tribute, and a good reminder to us all to be faithful in doing good even in little ways.

  4. Very nice tribute. The world needs every bit of compassion we can offer - thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs.


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