Tuesday, March 3, 2015

If you are a leader, what marks your leadership? Is it humble service? Or is it pride and power? - Daily Reflections March 3,2015

Leadership can be a make-or-break factor in the growth and success of any group, organization, nation, or even the Church. Leadership guru John Maxwell puts it this way: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
         We say this because today’s liturgical readings are targeting rulers responsible for leading their respective communities. In the First Reading, the prophet Isaiah has in mind the princes of Judah whom he challenges to heed the cry of the poor and the powerless. While Jesus in the Gospel attacks the scribes and Pharisees, Matthew has in mind the Christian leaders being referred to in the original context of the Gospel passage.
         Jesus’ words are very clear: “You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers...; you have but one Father in heaven...; you have but one master, the Christ.” In other words, He emphasizes our fundamental oneness, making us all equal with one another.
         Does this mean there is no need for any leadership? Far from it. Jesus explains it in the end by giving a crucial qualification to our leadership — if it is to be a genuine one. It ought to be a leadership marked by humble service.
         This is what makes leadership a make-or-break factor. Anything less than servant leadership — authentic and Christ-like because of its characteristic humility and selflessness — will fail. The best example is that of the scribes and Pharisees themselves. Because of their pathetic attempts at some sort of leadership (if it can be called that way), Jesus instructs His listeners: “Do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.” And why is that? “For they preach but they do not practice.”
         All you leaders out there, better heed Jesus’ warning! Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: If you are a leader, what marks your leadership? Is it humble service? Or is it pride and power?
Humble me, Lord, that I may lead according to Your example.

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