Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 30, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Sirach 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 and 13
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
But it shall not be so among you . . . .
Who would be a leader among you? That person must be the servant of all. Leadership without service is a terrible risk--the possibility of tyranny.
What Jesus teaches here is so deep and broad that it is hard to clearly understand, but in essence He says that the world has it wrong and has always had it wrong. In order to lead properly, you must be willing to serve completely. You cannot lead others if you are not willing to do first what you would ask them to do. Sure, you can bully others into doing it, or force them to do whatever you ask; however, leadership requires the ability to demonstrate what is required from those who follow.
Jesus is our leader in His complete service to us. He showed us the example that must mark our lives completely. If we wish to lead with Him, to sit at His right hand, we must become the servants of all humanity. AND, we must do so willingly and without a thought of recompense, not even a thank you. After all, how many have actually thanked Jesus for what He has done for all? Many, but certainly not all, and perhaps not even a majority.
As servants, we become leaders, our lives become sermons more powerful than words, and we show who we are by what we do.
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