The Disciple as Learner
Everyone who glories in the name "Christian" ought to be a true disciple of Christ, one who commits himself to lifelong learning from the greatest teacher of all.
When Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples found themselves wondering in awe, "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?" Recall that since this incident occurred rather early in the public life of Jesus, the disciples hadn't yet recognized the divinity of Christ.
But the important thing was, the disciples were reflecting about who Jesus was and learning from what they saw Him do and heard Him speak. Thus, they proved themselves "disciples," which is another word for "students."
Too often today, however, that essential nature of discipleship gets forgotten. For everyone who glories in the name "Christian" ought to be a true disciple of Christ, one who commits himself to lifelong learning from the greatest teacher of all. But too many "Christians" obliviously act as if they already know enough about God and religion! For, they don't regularly read the Bible at home, they don't study catechism lessons, they don't utilize parish libraries and other resources, they ignore magisterial efforts to catechize, they don't pay attention during homilies, and they don't reflect about who Jesus is and learn from what He did and taught.
Here's a simple test: What have you learned in the past week from Jesus or about Him or anything about your faith and morals? Or in the last month? Or year? If you find yourself hard-pressed to mention anything in particular, that's a sure sign of a need to take Christian discipleship more seriously!