It is important in the interest of learning that things are called by their right name. This helps us to understand what something is, and when we discuss it with others, by calling it by its right name, we know we are always talking about the same thing.
It is also important to know what something is for in order to understand it. It is when we do not know either what something is or what it is for that we can find ourselves in difficulty. Failure to know this is when we come into the danger that we use something or someone in a way that is sinful or wrong.
The gospel today is an example where it is clear to call things by their right name and to know what they have as a purpose. A rabbi is a teacher, but the teaching is only effective when it rests upon the teachings of the one teacher who is God. A father provides an important role for children, but is only a good father when he seeks to emulate God the Father.
When this relationship is not seen clearly for what it is, then we are led astray. Because they did not see the connection between their titles and roles, and the connection of these roles to God, the Scribes and the Pharisees obsessed upon things that were unimportant like the symbols of office and the clothing they wore.
Sometimes when we lose sight of the connection between what we do and who God calls us to be, we get lost by focusing on unimportant and trivial details. We do not see the importance of our relationship with Jesus which is always primary in all we do.
Mary, the Mother of God, never lost sight of this deep and powerful priority. She saw the power of the human relationships in her life, and how both in her actions and her relationships she witnessed how these provided a valuable reflection of the most important relationship with God. Let us pray for the prayers of the Queen of Heaven so that we might have the powerful and deep relationship with God that was hers.