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St. Paul Miki & Companions

1 Kings 3:4-13
Psalm 119:9-14
Mark 6:30-34

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"He began to teach them at great length." —Mark 6:34

Jesus is the Teacher. The people's reaction to Jesus' ministry was: "A completely new teaching in a spirit of authority!" (Mk 1:27) Jesus was and is always teaching. He taught even while hanging on the cross. When Mary Magdalene recognized Jesus risen from the dead, she exclaimed " 'Rabbouni!' (meaning 'Teacher')" (Jn 20:16). On the afternoon of the day of His Resurrection, Jesus walked about seven miles with two of His disciples and "interpreted for them every passage of Scripture which referred to Him" (Lk 24:27). That evening, the risen Jesus continued to teach. "He opened their minds to the understanding of the Scriptures" (Lk 24:45). Jesus continues to teach us daily until His final coming.

Therefore, the body of Christ, the Church, must be constantly teaching. When the Church was born at the first Christian Pentecost, she immediately devoted herself to the apostles' teaching (Acts 2:42). Soon the apostles were arrested for filling Jerusalem with teaching about Jesus (Acts 5:28). "Day after day, both in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching" (Acts 5:42). After Saul taught the people in the church of Antioch for a year, they were the first to be called Christians (Acts 11:26).

Teaching is essential to God's plan of salvation. Learn and teach.

Prayer:  Father, make me teachable.

Promise:  "He pitied them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them at great length." —Mk 6:34

Praise:  St. Paul Miki and his companions taught us all with their holy deaths.

Reference:  (You may be called to be a student of Presentation Ministries' Our Lady of Guadalupe Bible College. Contact us for information via e-mail at gbcol@presentationministries.com or at 513-662-5378.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, September 28, 2015

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