Christ, the Model of the Patient Teacher!

John 18:37

Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”

A Marvelous thing is longsuffering; it places the soul as in a quiet harbor, fleeing it from tossings and evil spirits. And this everywhere Christ hath taught us, but especially now, when He is judged, and dragged, and led about. For when He was brought to Annas, He answered with great gentleness, and, to the servant who smote Him, said what had power to bring down all his insolence; thence having gone to Caiaphas, then to Pilate, and having spent the whole night in these scenes, He all through exhibiteth His own mildness; and when they said that He was a malefactor, and were not able to prove it, He stood silent; but when He was questioned concerning the Kingdom, then He spake to Pilate, instructing him, and leading him in to higher matters. But why was it that Pilate made the enquiry not in their presence, but apart, having gone into the judgment hall? He suspected something great respecting Him, and wished, without being troubled by the Jews, to learn all accurately. Then when he said, “What hast thou done?” on this point Jesus made no answer; but concerning that of which Pilate most desired to hear, namely, His Kingdom, He answered, saying, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” That is, “I am indeed a King, yet not such an one as thou suspectest, but far more glorious,” declaring by these words and those which follow, that no evil had been done by Him. For one who saith, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth,” showeth, that no evil hath been done by Him. Then when He saith, “Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice,” He draweth him on by these means, and persuadeth him to become a listener to the words. “For if,” saith He, “any one is true, and desireth these things, he will certainly hear Me.” — St. John Chrysostom, Homily LXXXIV

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  • Grandpa Tom

    St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that through the passion, and from the pulpit of the Cross, Christ taught all seven virtues ( Humility; Liberality; Chasity; Meekness; Temperance; Brotherly Love; Diligence) by demonstrating how to be victorious over sin. He taught the virtue of sweet patience, humility, and obedience. These, and the other virtues are all rooted in love, which feed the tree of love. Christ taught the virtue of fortitude through his obedience to the Father. Christ proves the love He has for his neighbor. Christ took the bitter medicine of the Cross because He was the great physician, and man’s weekness was great. His message and doctrine from the Cross is to know one’s self, stay perfect in virtue, and the “Medium” to love Christ is to love our neighbor, as Christ loves him, and in this way we show our love for God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

  • Grandpa Tom, thank you so much for blessing us with the elevated thoughts of the angelic doctor. You are an asset to our site.

    (Grandma) Mary Kochan, Senior Editor, Catholic Exchange