Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, 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.” MT 23:1-12
Today, Jesus basically breaks down once again the first step to sainthood, humility. He shows the opposite of humility in the scribes and Pharisees pride. They do not practice what they preach, the want all of their actions to be noticed, and they want places of honor. Jesus teaches us the Truth. We have one Teacher, one Master, one Father. For anyone who is in a leadership position, he reminds us, “The greatest among you must be your servant.” Last, if we spend our lives trying to be seen and known instead of thanking God for who He created us to be our lives will end in disaster. We must make our championship where we are. We have everything we need and we have been put here in this place to be a saint with these people. If higher rankings come with it, and others notice us that is fine. We must always give God the glory, for it is because of Him we are here being sustained and have the gifts we have. Pride vs. humility, a difficult fight but one worth working on each day.
Become a saint!