Take a seat


“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.”

This one quote from today’s readings seems to take a special significance today as the chair of Peter will soon be vacant. While much has been in the news about the troubles of electing someone to take that seat due to the current scandals within the Church, Christs quote is a reminder that authority has been abused in the past. Abuse of authority is as old as man. While Jesus talks of the Pharisees abuse of power , it is a reminder of the abuses of authority that occur whenever authority is present. It need not be religious authority; authority in government and industry are also subject to the same abuse. Perhaps the abuse of a religious authority creates more attention than the others because people think religious authorities should be without faults, though what other humans are faultless?Perhaps  we also use the faults of others as a way of justifying our own. By telling us to practice what these leaders preach, Jesus doesn’t give us the option of capitalizing on the sins of others. Just as the authorities of any chair can proclaim a truth, those who hold that chair in esteem can demonstrate how those truths are practiced.

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