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Gospel for St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen

Matthew 23:8-12

Summary: Jesus taught the crowds and disciples about humility in relationships and titles. He discouraged being addressed as 'Rabbi' or 'Master,' emphasizing the singular role of Christ and God as the ultimate teacher and Father. He instructed that true greatness lies in servanthood, and those who humble themselves will be exalted, contrasting with the downfall of the self-exalting.

Teachings on Humility

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples:

“Do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.

Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.

Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.

The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

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