Human institutions operate under the assumption that they are justified. I was going to say human communities, but let’s be honest, we no longer have communities. We have institutions. Thanks to Plato (and the US Supreme court), there is even such a thing as “corporate personhood.” So, according to American law, institutions are people too.
Listening to the biblical writers ridicule cities filled with artificial and lifeless statues—an old version of modern cynicism about cheap plastic products—it’s hard not to shudder at the idea of assigning a personality to the gods that men fashion with their own hands:
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
They have eyes, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear,
Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.
Those who make them will become like them,
Yes, everyone who trusts in them.
Thankfully, in Matthew, Jesus has left the building.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 28:9-11.
Episode 424 Matthew 28:9-11; Music:
SCP-x6x (Hopes) by Kevin MacLeod