Jesus the Master Teacher

Our readings today are challenging and complex. It is the gospel that was most complex for me to understand. Although the teaching ministry of Jesus lasted only three and a half years, during that time He showed that He was the world’s master teacher. He used words, which the common people could understand and took His illustrations from the things, with which His listeners were familiar.

For Jesus, moral teaching required a transformation in the underlying attitudes of self-righteousness, complacency, arrogance, egoism, resentment and hopelessness, all of which must be unlearned before morality can take root. Jesus invited His hearers to discard conventional wisdom, in order to live by an alternative wisdom. His alternative wisdom undermined the social boundaries generated by the conventional wisdom of His day and ours. His aphorisms and parables invite us to see life differently. Seeing life is central to the teaching of Jesus. The radical change in perspective which characterizes the teaching of Jesus comes from a radically different experience of reality, the experience of the spirit of God. The path Jesus travels, and invites us to travel, is radically centered in God and not in worldly culture!

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