Jesus’ words are a biting criticism of the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of the people. They are the successors of Moses, but Jesus accuses them of hypocrisy: they do not practise what they preach. Do as they say, but not as they do! – a stinging rebuke for any preacher or teacher.
Paul describes the Christian model of leadership. Those who have a ministry of leadership should watch over the people in their care like a mother or a father. They should give themselves unselfishly, seeking no reward except for the satisfaction of seeing disciples grow in faith and commitment, as the Good News takes root in their hearts.
We are all called to take on responsibility in the life of the Church. But if we find ourselves seeking recognition for what we do, or building up our own power and importance, it’s a warning sign. We have only one Master, one Teacher and one Father. All that we do should be done for the service of God’s people, and the glory of God.