1 Nov 2020. 31st Sunday OT. Cycle A-2020. Mal 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10 + 1Th 2: 7b,-9,13 + Mt 23:1-12.

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 (Mt 23:2-3).

Parents, preachers, counselors, and those with authority to discipline, deserve to be hearkened. Leaders, though, differ in level of authority, that is, some are trusted more than the others.

To those I trust most, I give utmost obedience; to those I trust least, I give reserved obedience. A taint of his hypocrisy is no reason for me to shun his authority. I would not obey counsel that leads to my damnation or my destruction.

Nobody is perfect; but even the imperfect may learn from imperfection. An imperfect with authority may impart to others the lessons he learned from imperfection.

Imagine social chaos that may occur when any of the following occurs.

—A young boy disregards a father’s proscription against drug abuse, saying, ‘You did this yourself, why should I not?’

—A young girl disregards a mother’s counsel against promiscuity, saying, ‘You behaved likewise when you were young, why should I not?’

—A DUI resists arrest, saying to the cop, ‘You were a reckless driver, why ticket me for an offense you did not enforce on yourself?’

—A priest may not hear confession because he himself is a sinner.

—A preacher may not talk against sexual aberration because he himself committed a sexual crime in the past.

—A commentator may not rail against violence because he was a racist.

When those in authority who are deemed imperfect may not control social aberrations, society will die. If they do not practice the good they preach, still, practice that good they preach (cf. Mt 23:2-3). VSS

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