Unlike football our other ways of ranking people, by what stuff we have, where we went to school or where our family comes from, are rarely fluid. Those at the top are practised at consolidating their advantage. It's into this human condition that Jesus said that the first will be last and the last will be first.
Those accustomed to the advantage of coming first are reluctant to give it up to participate in something new. Why be free to sit anywhere, when you're used to the seat of honour? - Kylie Crabbe, Eureka Street (click below for full article)