‘let no man glory in men’

While watching ‘Pope Benedict XVI Celebrate Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral’ there were a few thoughts that crossed my mind.

I would like to preface this post with a question for consideration. Do we think that the world today is any more religious than in the day when Jesus walked the earth? 

I was wondering as I watched all the pomp and pageantry over the pope and his visit to New York, if Jesus would have walked among the folk of our day, would he have received such reverence?

I realize that many will say that on the Sunday (Palm Sunday) before his crucifixion, the crowd throng the streets crying “Hosanna, Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the Highest”. When one carefully studies His word, they’ll find that the gospel accounts reveal that there reverence was misdirected somewhat. For Luke’s gospel makes it clear the throng was looking for a king. Jesus was not what they were expecting.

Wonder how many would have cried out their Hosannas, if they had in fact understood that he was not entering Jerusalem as a king but a suffering servant?

Wonder how many in this same crowd was just a few days later shouting “crucify him! crucify him!”?


To answer the question;

“would Christ have received such reverence?”

God has given us the answer through His prophet Isaiah..

“He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not”.

I heard some of the congregant make these comments concerning the pope..

“He is the world’s hope for peace.” “He is the light of the world.”

Maybe the problem is not with the position of the pope but the heart of the congregant.

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness, and again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men, for all things are yours”. 1 Corinthians 3:18-21



  1. No, we’re not more religious than the old-timers were. Like everything else rusts, decays and eventually dies, so goes the notion of religion.

  2. I saw the Mass on Sunday; It definitely seems like your title sums it up perfectly. What everyone needs to realize it that this Pope is the same as every one of us… he is still a man.

    I didn’t hear the comments from the crowd that you had posted (“He is the world’s hope for peace.” “He is the light of the world.”)

    The Pope is not the world’s hope for peace, there is not one man (or woman – don’t mean to be sexist here) who is the world’s hope. As far as the light of the world. Jesus said at the Sermon on the Mount that “you are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14) Also, Jesus said that He was the light of the world (John 8:12). If we accept Jesus as our Savior AND Lord, then we can all let our light’s shine – in the sense of letting His light shine through us. (Wow, that sounded a little cliche to me).

    This Mass was disappointing to me in so many ways.

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