Friday 20 October 2017

About Today Readings

Day Of Penance.

Romans 4:1-8. Psalm 31(32):1-2, 5, 11. Luke 12:1-7.

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation — Psalm 31(32):1-2, 5, 11.

Some essential ingredients of Christian leadership.

Today, we first have Peter speaking about the way leaders should shepherd their flock—not just as a duty but joyfully and eagerly. ‘No dictating’ must be an example for the whole flock to follow. Act like this and you will be crowned in glory by the Chief Shepherd.

In the reading from Luke we get Jesus’ view on leadership. He doesn’t mince words with the apostles who are in dispute about who is the greatest—don’t be like pagan leaders, he declares. Christian leaders need to see themselves as servers. Jesus saw himself ‘as one who served’. He said: ‘Do this and heaven will be your reward.’

Lord, we pray for the grace to heed and live out these exhortations.

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