Perhaps we don't think of Jesus being called "Rabbi" as being a particular title for him. Yet it was. Jesus was a teacher. His disciples referred to him as "Rabbi." For example, Peter says, in Mark 9:5 at the Transfiguration, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here." A blind man calls him "Rabbi" in Mark 10:51. "Rabbi, I want to see." Even Judas called him "Rabbi" at the last supper and again in the garden when he betrayed Jesus (Matthew 26: 25, 49).
Jesus said, though, that we should not be called "Rabbi" or "Teacher" or "Father" because there is only one Rabbi, one Master, one Father, one Teacher (Matthew 23:7-11). We are not to give ourselves such an exalted status. Instead we are to be brothers and servants to one another.
For Reflection: Is there any way in which we have exalted ourselves beyond where God has placed us?
Let us pray. Rabbi, you are our great Master, our true Teacher. You have the words of everlasting life.
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.