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  • PART THREE THE PEDAGOGY OF THE FAITH
        • "You have one Master, the Christ" (Mt 23:10)
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"You have one Master, the Christ" (Mt 23:10)

137. Jesus gave careful attention to the formation of the disciples whom he sent out on mission. He presented himself to them as the only teacher and, at the same time, a patient and faithful friend. (476) He exercised real teaching "by means of his whole life". (477) He stimulated them with opportune questions. (478) He explained to them in a more profound manner what he had proclaimed to the crowds. (479) He introduced them to prayer. (480) He sent them out on a missionary apprenticeship.(481) He promised to them the Spirit of his Father whom he sent to bring them to the complete truth, (482) and to sustain them in inevitable moments of difficulty. (483) Jesus Christ is "the Teacher who reveals God to Man and Man to himself, the Teacher who saves, sanctifies and guides. He is the Teacher who lives, who speaks, rouses, moves, redresses, judges, forgives and walks with us day by day on the path of history. He is also the Teacher who comes and will come in glory". (484) In Jesus Christ, Lord and Teacher, the Church finds transcendent grace, permanent inspiration and the convincing model for all communication of the faith.




476) Cf. Jn 15:15; Mk 9:33-37; 10:41-45.



477) Cf. CT 9.



478) Cf. Mk 8:14-21; 8:27.



479) Cf. Mk 4:34; Lk 12:41.



480) Cf. Lk 11:1-2.



481) Cf. Lk 10:1-20.



482) Cf. Jn 16:13.



483) Cf. Mt 10:20; Jn 15:26; Acts 4:31.



484) CT 9.






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