Archbishop Nicholas Chia's Teachers' Day Message
I am glad that you are including the celebration of Mass in your celebration of Teachers' Day. Undoubtedly, you are dedicated in your teaching ministry.
However, to be truly effective, your efforts alone are not sufficient for, as the Psalmist says: "Unless the Lord builds, the labourers work in vain."
The Lord will certainly bless you for coming together for Mass on this special occasion. As teachers you are fulfilling a very noble task, for education is an integral part of life today and with God's blessings, you will bring forth good fruits for society and the church.
I would like to conclude with some words of wisdom on the importance of education:
If you give a man a fish, he will eat once. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life. If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed. If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.
By sowing a seed, you will harvest much. By planting a tree, you will harvest tenfold. By educating the people, you will harvest one hundredfold!
God bless you all and all under your care.
Archbishop Nicholas Chia