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Jesus said, “For you have one teacher, and your all students.” (Matthew 23:8)
In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
We should remember from our Sunday School classes that “student” is the translation of “disciple” and that to be a disciple is to be a student, which means to learn and to grow with our knowledge.
This is a confronting gospel, and it seems that over these last few weeks all we’ve heard are confronting Gospels. Jesus has had his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and he is now spending the last few days teaching leading up to the last meal with his disciples. Believe it or not, all of these Gospel passages we’ve heard come from just one day, what we would call Monday of Holy Week. Now it’s near the end of what was a very busy day for Jesus, filled with much argumentation and conflict.
We can see how Jesus’s patience is starting to wear thin as he points out to his students, his disciples, how the scribes and the Pharisees in the Temple making a great show of themselves to be seen by eithers teaching the content of the faith from Moses’ seat. That’s what it means to sit in Moses’ seat – to hand on the tradition of the 613 laws and commandments given by God through Moses and that make up the Torah. Yet, they themselves don’t even follow what they teach, so Jesus warns his disciples to listen to their teaching but not to follow their example. We can see why Jesus said there is truly only one teacher, and we are all students!