Text: :“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” - 1 Peter 5:5, 6.
Comment: This epistle of St. Peter enjoins the younger ones to humble themselves and respect the elderly. In the some vein, the older ones should also humble themselves and treat the younger ones with respect and regard. In this way there will be peace and harmony.
The point is that aged people have lots of experience that the younger ones could tap from. King Solomon stated to wit, “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31) In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul enjoined the children to respect their parents thus, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” – Ephesians 6:1-3.
But being mortals, the fact is that “Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.” (Job 32:9) This means that not all elderly people are wise and secondly even if one were wise, he could still make mistakes at times. Thus St. Paul advised the parents to also be careful what they say and do so as to deserve the respect of the younger ones. “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) It is this attitude of mutual respect that will lead to unity, oneness and peace at home and in the Church and the larger society by the grace of God.