Hierarchy vs. Humility at Penn State

One of the most important subjects Jesus taught was that of humility.

Though Christ was, is, and always will be, the Person to whom every knee will bow and confess as Lord, even the damned, His life embodied that of a servant…yet unto death.

It’s painful to watch the news of now discredited Penn State hero/Coach Joe Paterno, as every celebrated victory and accomplishment of his football career has been expunged from the record books, because he refused to expose an evil assistant coach who secretly preyed upon young boys to satisfy his deviant sexual desires.

Coach Paterno was “the hierarchy” at Penn State…but no more, as both he and his underlings may have believed Joe was too high up the food chain to be bothered with such subservient matters.

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 20 is a great place to start for guidance on this subject.

Jesus was just asked by the mother of the two sons of Zebedee to allow them to sit at His right and left hands when they get to heaven (I think her name was Marie Barone)…He rebuffs them and then says this.

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.

The Catholic Church’s protocol for Sainthood is a much safer way to go than Penn State’s.

One has to be deceased for several years, then nominated to a committee, then a full investigation of the life of the person in question, before they can even begin the road to Sainthood.

Once beatified, then statues commemorating their humble victories are “kosher.”

Everything we do in life, if it’s not grounded in the service of others, chances are it’s grounded in self-gratification.

But remember, there are little people every where we may be stepping on to satisfy our greed.

God sees it all…even though we may think it’s private.

Help us Lord, to do good in secret, not evil, so that your Father will build for us our mansion, in which we can celebrate victory for eternity.

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