SAYING ³YES´ TO GOD¶S CALL

Discipleship is first of all a gift. ³You did not choose me, but I chose you.´ (Jn 15:16)

The disciples are called to be with HIM. (The vertical aspect of discipleship)

The Main Differences Between Jesus-Disciples and Rabbi-Disciples Relationship

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‡ Jesus Himself chooses His disciples. (Jn 15:16; Mk 3:13; Lk 9:59; etc.)

‡ The disciples choose their respective rabbis.

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‡ Jesus binds His disciples to His own person. (Mk 3:14)

‡ The disciples are committed to the Torah.

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‡ The community of life with Jesus is an end in itself. (Mt 10: 24-25)

‡ Discipleship is only a step towards becoming an ordained rabbi oneself (µsemikah´).

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‡ Jesus sends His ‡ The duty of the disciples to disciple is to proclaim the learn the Law Kingdom. and Traditions (Lk 9:60; Mk and become an 3:14) expert in interpreting them.

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‡ Jesus calls any and everyone to become His disciples. (Mk 1:16-20; 2:14; Lk 6:15)

‡ The choice of the disciples is based on difference in grade and rank.

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‡ Jesus needs no ordination to be a rabbi; He is simply named rabbi. (Mk 9:5; 14:45)

‡ One acquires the title rabbi by ordination.

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‡ Jesus has not studied under any rabbi. (Jn 7:15)

‡ Rabbis have become so by learning from another Rabbi.

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‡ Jesus exhorts His disciples to humility and service. (Mt 23:5-12)

‡ Rabbis teach their disciples to acquire rank and excellence.

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‡ The disciples in turn do not form their own disciples. (Mt 5:9; Mk 6:30)

‡ After their training the disciples in turn form other disciples. ( cf. School of Rabbi so and so)

The disciples are called to be sent out. (The horizontal aspect of discipleship)

The disciples are not merely companions of Jesus, they become coworkers, they are sent out.

The privilege of being a Christian consists in having been called to participate in a special way in the mission of Christ in saving all human beings.