The Greatest Teacher Ever
JESUS WANTS TO TEACH YOU TO LIVE AN INCREDIBLE LIFE.
Jesus’ teachings were radical in content and method. But they also provide unique insight into the mind of God. In many ways reading the Gospels is a tour through the mind of God. Each parable or teaching, each encounter Jesus has with a person highlights what God cares about and what he doesn’t. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ help us to understand God’s priorities, so that we can get our own priorities right.
As we ponder the various situations and circumstances of Jesus’ life and reflect on his words and actions, it becomes clear what he was doing. He was constantly trying to get to the root of every situation, to explore the root of every problem, to expose and transform the root of each person’s heart.
But to discover the Gospels in this way, we have to ponder them. This is different from just reading them. It’s different from just listening to them in church on Sunday. By definition, ponder means “to consider something deeply, thoroughly; to meditate upon.” To meditate means “to engage in a spiritual exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.”
Where is this in our lives? Who around you is striving for a heightened level of spiritual awareness?
Excerpt taken from Chapter 9 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
Have you ever really considered Jesus to be your teacher?
Take time to read and reflect on a story from one of the Gospels. (Since it is Lent, consider focusing on Jesus’ suffering and death.) What do you think Jesus is trying to teach you in that story?
(It’s Friday! Have you ever wondered why Catholics don’t eat meat on Fridays? Learn about it here.)
Jesus, teach me how to be a great student.