Patterning our Lives on Christ’s

MONDAY: Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time


Patterning our Lives on Christ’s

The humble never feel disenchanted by the lack of power. Servanthood defines the nature, character, disposition, mission and destiny of the modest. The meek feels contented being there for others without lording it over them. God and Christ are towering expressions of self-effacement and servanthood (Hos.11:1-6; Phil.2:6-11). They ground themselves with sufferers to lift them out of their misery, transform their humanity and pointed them towards full transubstantiation in their divine being (Hos.11:1-6). Humility’s overall objective is obedience, love, service, and empowerment (Jn.14:23).

The arrogant is always disrespectful. The egotistical believe they have a God-given right and ability to govern, to dominate, manipulate and control the lives of others towards fulfilling their own ends. They despise the notion of servanthood and pasturing with the sheep. Self-centeredness determines their style of governance, which is often mistaken for service. They believe more in patronizing the helpless than lifting them from their dung heap.

What does that have to do with our Christian outlook of stewardship, service and accountability? Jesus in Luke 9:46-50 provides us with two prominent examples of humility and shared participation in Christian leadership, stewardship and accountability. Firstly, Jesus points out to his apostles that greatness in the language of the kingdom is deeply rooted in the spirit of unpretentiousness, absolute selflessness and service – not in prominence. Christ concretized this by saying: “‘the least among you all that is the one who serves.’” Secondly, leadership, stewardship and service in the kingdom of God are totally void of any competitive spirit. It is communal. Every individual plays his or her part (Acts.2:42). It has one common interest: the betterment, the upliftment, transformation liberation and redemption of the oppressed (Is.61:1-2; Lk.4:18) and the fortification of the people of God.

How does our present, historical, social, political, economic and religious notion of leadership demonstrate or lack such qualities? The world and even the Church have suffered because those who sit at the pinnacle of the above-mentioned institutions embrace power only to satisfy their personal agenda while sufferers remain sufferers for all times. What is Christ asking of us today? In an era when stewardship dominates the conversation, I think, Christ is challenging us to view the whole concept of Christian and civil leadership through this own eyes. God is still awaiting our conversion towards this end.

Zechariah gives the assurance: God never abandons his people. He dwells among them, he journeys with them and will rescue them. He will restore their dignity. Let us my dear friends muster the courage that someday God himself will deliver us from the present predicament of our poor understanding of leadership and liberates us fully from selfishness and greed.

O God, open our eyes that we may see you as you are and willingly imitate you in all your ways.

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