Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent
Matthew 23: 1-12.
“Call no one on earth your “father.”
A disciple in love with Jesus absolutely rejoices
when they see the lives of other people improve.
Jesus did this everywhere he went
and summed it up in the line
”I have come that you may have life,
and have it to the full.” (John 10:10.
So he takes to heart those
who have been given much
and don’t in turn pass the
“much that they been given” to others..
This is what’s behind his sharp criticism
of the scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus said they loved to be called
“teacher”, “father”, or “Rabbi,”
so others will know the importance.
All their actions and words
were filled with the sin of pride
which pointed others to themselves
and not to God “the Father.”
All other father’s, spiritual, and human
participate in the fatherhood of God.
They were arrogantly taking the role
of “God the “Father” teacher” and “master” to themselves.
So they felt they had the right to make up laws
which were heavy burdens for people to carry
and call them God’s law.
That is a far different cry
from someone who sees themselves as a servant
and all they have to offer others is a gift from God.
A little Cliff note:
The Church call their priests “father”
in this subordinate way..
If someone appreciates something
we have done in the name of the Lord
or for any reason,
give thanks to the Lord by simply saying to them,
“Praise be God” or “Thank you, Lord.”
When we do so, we will never feel superior to others
that would come between us and them.
And when others manifest their gifts,
we will rejoice and never feel inferior to them.
We are all one body.
It isn’t the body of Rick or Mary or Johnny or Sue.
We all belong to the Body of Christ.
And in this Body, everything is God’s gift.