Drawing upon the official teachings of the Church, we focus on Christ as the One True Teacher.
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Let us remember our Lord's grave words: “No servant can serve two masters” (Luke 16:13). Alas, let us ask ourselves if we are serving two masters! Are we seeking to serve God each day through prayer and our actions and examples or is profit, fame, and personal concerns our chief goals? How often do we leave our Lord and never visit Him in the Holy Eucharist (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25). He remains night and day as a prisoner of love waiting for our love in return.
Today we have prayed a decade of the Rosary while contemplating the Incarnation of Jesus at the Annunciation. It was at that moment when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, took human flesh and began our Redemption. Even at that moment, He knew that He was the Messiah (Lamentabili). At that moment He began His role as priest, prophet, and king. Yet, Our Lord was not crowned with the finest gold; instead, the King of the World was crowned with thorns and beaten with a rod (John 19:1-3). In the midst of all of his trials, Jesus Christ remained calm and opened not His mouth (Isaiah 53:5,7). We too must refrain from sin and anger so that we can grow closer to Our Lord and become more trustworthy. As St. Paul of the Cross said, "When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings."
Today, let us read a segment of Pope John Paul ll's Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae and seek to grow in understanding of Our Lord in his role as the One True Teacher. But, as any student, let us follow His teachings with an open heart.
Christ the Teacher
Christ the Teacher
7. This teaching is not a body of abstract truths. It is the communication of the living mystery of God. The Person teaching it in the Gospel is altogether superior in excellence to the "masters" in Israel, and the nature of His doctrine surpasses theirs in every way because of the unique link between what He says, what He does and what He is. Nevertheless, the Gospels clearly relate occasions when Jesus "taught." "Jesus began to do and teach"—with these two verbs, placed at the beginning of the book of the Acts, St. Luke links and at the same time distinguishes two poles in Christ's mission.
Jesus taught. It is the witness that He gives of Himself: “Day after day I sat in the temple teaching.” It is the admiring observation of the evangelists, surprised to see Him teaching everywhere and at all times, teaching in a manner and with an authority p... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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