As you read today’s first reading from Isaiah 30, I hope your mind is immediately drawn to Jesus. We see these prophesies so perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. More on that in a moment. In the Gospel reading today, we see Jesus sending out the Twelve, with authority. He tells them, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
Today’s prophesies of the Messiah in Isaiah 30 are striking. Listen to these, and see if they don’t perfectly apply to Jesus. “He will be gracious to you when you cry out…The Lord will give you the bread you need…no longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher.” Gracious; hearing when we cry out; giving us the bread we need; being our Teacher. Notice that teacher is spelled with a capital “T.”
It is unfortunate, but some see Jesus only as a great teacher (small “t”). He certainly was that. His teachings are universal…love the Lord your God, love your neighbors. Do unto others as you would have them do to you. We must acknowledge Jesus as our Teacher. But we must also realize that Jesus is so much more than just a great teacher. He is God Incarnate. The difference between teacher and Teacher is something that the people of Jesus’ time noticed. He taught with authority. He didn’t just explain the word of God. He IS the Word of God. He didn’t just tell us about God. He SHOWED us God. Wouldn’t it behoove us to listen to the Teacher?
Father, we thank you for giving us the Teacher, Jesus. May we put into practice all of those things He taught and showed us about you. Amen.