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St. Ambrose

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-6
Matthew 9:35—10:1, 5-8

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"No longer will your Teacher hide Himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher." —Isaiah 30:20

God our Father has taught His children through creation (see Jl 2:23) and history. He taught us through the patriarchs, prophets, and wise men and women. He taught us through His Word.

However, we, God's children, didn't learn our lessons. At best, we only retained pieces of what God was saying (Heb 1:1). We failed to notice that God was teaching us or that He was even there. Our Teacher seemed to have hidden Himself (Is 30:20).

God our Father had mercy on us. He sent His Son to become a human being and teach us. Then we could see our Teacher with our own eyes (Is 30:20). After Jesus taught us for a few years (see Mt 9:35), we, God's children, murdered Him. However, He rose from the dead and ascended to His Father. Then the Teacher-Father and the Teacher-Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to teach us (Jn 14:26). Next, the Trinity-Teachers, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, offered to live inside anyone who loved Them and were true to Their Word (Jn 14:23).

Kings and prophets did not have the privilege to see and hear the Teachers (Lk 10:24), and yet we are the classroom of the Trinity-Teachers. Receive Their teaching; receive the Teachers into your life.

Prayer:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, may You teach me as I read this book and the Scriptures referred to in it.

Promise:  "Cure the sick, raise the dead, heal the leprous, expel demons. The gift you have received, give as a gift." —Mt 10:8

Praise:  The Lord called St. Ambrose to be a bishop when he was still a catechumen. Ambrose accepted the call and devoted himself to serious life-long Scripture study and preaching.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our book, How to Teach the Bible in the Holy Spirit.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2013

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