My dear friend Jerry has exhorted me to let it be known that the Church needs leaders who are more simple, down to earth, and directly connected to the people.
Jesus said, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15
Humility is the watchword of the follower of Jesus. Humility allows me to admit my dependence on God, to surrender my life and will to God’s care, to take responsibility for my actions, to reconcile with those I have harmed, to love my neighbor as myself, and to love and forgive my enemies.
Humility allows me to be a trusted servant who does not govern. Humility allows me to welcome the knowledge and wisdom of people from all walks of life. Humility allows me to hear and respond to the cries of the poor, marginalized, abandoned, and abused.
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:3-5
Thanks for sharing your reflection on the type of leadership we need in the church today and into the future.
Today’s gospel reading from Matthew 20:17-28 ought to be emailed to every member of the church. Jesus is unambiguous about the type of leadership we need in the church: “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28).” Our church leaders are called to be in the image of the Jesus, the humble servant of God.
Many of our deacons, priests and bishops are in the church for power and not for service. Many lack passion for teaching and preaching the word of God. There is little interest in leading scripture study with the people,and teaching the people lectio divina – the prayerful reading of the scripture.
The faithful just want to know if our leaders love the Lord and are excited to share their relationship with the Lord with others.
Any deacon, priest or bishop who has no passion for the ministry ought to follow Pope Benedict XVI’s example: resign from the ministry and go to a monastery for discernment and prayer.
Thank you for this beautiful post. It’s given me much food for thought. I pray for the conclave and the election of our new Pope.
I am grateful for Christ, my Suffering Servant and Wounded Healer. I follow His example. As St. John the Baptist stated “May He increase and I decrease”. So be it.