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
We all have to rise to the occasion and not be the ones to look down upon others from our seats of power and authority. All of us have someone who is looking at us for guidance. From our children, to our peers at work or school, to even people we have never met, they are all looking at us, to see if we are actually living our lives like we should be, or are we enjoying our place at the table way before it is our time to be at that table. We are called to be the examples of our faith to others, and that is a high responsibility. It is not one that we should look down our noses at others though, we are supposed to be the ones that are helping light the way, no dimming it with greed and authoritative oppression.