The Central Lesson In Truth (Death of a Teacher or Coach)


“If then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).

When we think of Jesus, many images and titles come to mind:

  • The child in a crib
  • The Man on a Cross
  • The Charismatic Leader who thrilled the crowds with His words
  • Wonder-worker
  • Carpenter’s Son
  • Lamb of God.
  • Son of man.
  • Messiah
  • Anointed One
  • Suffering Servant

Thus, we see that Jesus took on the vast complexity of human existence. There is no easy one-dimensional way to describe Jesus. Moreover, He always exceeds the titles we apply to Him. Yet there is one image and one title that is most fitting for us to reflect on this day, namely, the image of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples and the title “Rabbi” (or “Teacher”).

In our Gospel Reading from John, we are given the essential framework for the Christian Teacher, modeled after Jesus.

Shortly before His death, Jesus gathers with His disciples, wanting to teach them one more central lesson, namely the need for humble service and fraternal charity within the community of His…

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