I promise I'll get back to all the other stuff next, but this is important.
My favorite story in the bible is the faith of the centurion.
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."In the Catholic mass, we say this just before we receive communion: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." We are not worthy, but we go anyway, expressing the faith of the centurion which did please Jesus greatly.
Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour. - Matthew 8:5-13
Do we not understand authority yet? Do we not see authoritarian behavior at every juncture? Our entire world labors under the heavy burden of authoritarian leaders and their twisted methods of control, does it not? We are experts on authority. We know it inside and out, but sadly, we have mostly experienced the abuse of authority.
Well, authority works the other way, too. It's called justice. The day will come when the insiders, who now enjoy the feast, will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Yeah, you know. Something to look forward to.