The scriptures tell us the story of how pride brought about the downfall of Adam. The pride, rebellion and disobedience of Adam and Eve, of all of us, is the beginning of a long story which is still running. Human nature has not changed and does not change generally. Adam said, ‘I will not serve’. He refused to be beholden to God. He wished to build up his own kingdom wherein he could be god.
This sin of pride is called the original sin. It is the only sin in that all other sins arise from this pride and self-interest which is central to human nature. All other sins flow from it. The readings and the gospel show how things are unchanging, in that those being chastised, especially those in authority who should know better, are committing the same sin all over again. It is the sin of Adam. They are looking for their own glory rather than the glory of God. They seek to monopolise all the glory, refusing to admit that the only real glory is to be found in their relationship to God. The priests in these readings face the charges that they:
Do not listen. Do not glorify God’s name.
They are told that they have:
Strayed from the way. Caused others to stumble
Destroyed the covenant. Shown partiality.
Broken faith with one another.
These scripture verses condemn:
Hypocrisy. Religious show and self-exaltation.
Obedience to the truth. Equality. Humility.