No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. (Mt 10:24-25)
The focus of Chapter 10 of Matthew’s gospel is discipleship. This is evident even from a cursory reading. A prayerful reading of it, however, opens up a rich and challenging vision of committed discipleship.
Discipleship on Jesus’ terms is different from that found in the Jewish Scriptures or in the schools of the ancient Greek philosophers. More is expected than simply acquiring the wisdom of Jesus; one is to become like him. Moreover, the Christian disciple never “graduates” to become a teacher or a master, but always remains a student and a servant.
How do we become like Jesus? Of course, this is the work of a lifetime. We study and interiorize his word, as revealed in the gospels and in the witness of the apostles and evangelists. His actions, too, show us how we are to live and to relate to God and others.
Jesus also forms us through the Eucharist. Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, writes: “Because Jesus Christ is ‘the same, yesterday, today, and forever’ (Heb 13:8), the love that the Eucharistic Jesus has for us is the very same love that he had for his disciples during his earthly sojourn. Jesus in the Eucharist remains the ultimate source and exemplar of true love. He gives us the pattern and the grace to freely sacrifice something dear to us so that others can have the greatest good, the greatest good being to know and love God more.”
Where in your life are you being formed as a disciple?
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, you call us to be your disciples. Transform our lives that we may come to know you and accomplish your purpose. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)