Matthew 10:24-25 NRSVue
24“A disciple is not above the teacher nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
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Some thoughts on this scripture
With other teachers we may reach a point where we have learned all that they have to offer us. We may even go beyond them. Not so with Jesus. He remains an unfathomed source of wisdom, and continues to teach us, not just through the words he has left to us, but by his abiding presence in us through grace.
Owning Jesus on our part is owning his words and letting them become part of our lives, and letting them influence our lives. It is also being willing to be known as his follower, in the practice of faith in prayer, sacraments and in action. It is living in the spirit of the faith that does justice, in the faith that looks to forgive, and in the faith that lives in this life knowing of the eternal promises of God. We do what we can, continuing in the hope that prays, ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
Jesus often tells the disciples to be like him. He knows that they will suffer like he did. Our following of him as best we can is enough for fulfilment and for wholeness in our lives. He is the best of teachers, the most compassionate of masters. His relationship with us is divine and human. As he works in the Father’s name, we work in his name.