TEACHERS (Phil. 3: 17, 4:1)
St. Paul says: "Be imitators
of me and mark those who so walk." As a teacher, be
imitators of me; for you know my conduct of life. I have taught not
only by words but also by deeds. Avoid bad teachers who are
liken unto dogs. All of you must imitate me, otherwise, there
will be sedition in the community.
The apostles left a way of life and
they wrote this down in an accurate and living way; for they merely
wrote down their way of living. This is the best way to teach;
it is easily learned by the disciple. He who teaches one thing
and does the contrary is not a teacher; for to teach well is to
teach and lead by deeds. A good teacher, therefore, is greatly
reverenced and because of this the disciples are prepared to yield
He who teaches but does not
practice what he teaches looks like he is teaching
impossibilities. But if the disciple sees the teacher teaching
by word and example, to follow will be easy.
In the absence of a good teacher,
then, go to Christ. "They shall all be taught by
God." "Learn from Me. . ." Do not go to
bad teachers. Instead learn directly from Him and from His
Learn poverty from Christ and other
biblical heroes, like Elijah. Abraham teaches us how to be
virtuous amidst riches. Elijah shows us the riches of
virginity. John taught us how to be holy without
fasting. Job attained virtue in the midst of a family.
John attained it without a family. John attained holiness with
one one garment; Job amidst many garments.
To the good, all can be turned into
good; to the evil, all becomes evil. A good painter is still a
good painter in sickness, in poverty, with tools or without tools,
at work or at rest. . .because the science is with him. Thus,
the virtuous man is virtuous in wealth, in poverty, in disease and
health, in dishonor and in great honor.
St. John Chrysostom "On