The greatest amongst you will serve

Being the big time boss carries with it the usual images of ultimate
power and absolute authority. The legitimate concerns and issues from
those in the lower ranks are given the least priority; whatever the
boss says must be followed unequivocally.

Jesus, however, presents another paradigm of true Christian
leadership: Service starts from the person in charge, but more out of
genuine concern instead of micromanaging. The esteemed position cannot
demand to be waited on because the leader must be the example of
sincere empathy and cooperative teamwork. The way armchair generals
function does not apply. Instead, service demands us to be commanders
on the battlefield, ready and willing to inspire and rally troops by
joining them where the intense action is, right in the thick of the
fight. Hopefully, this might be a sobering lesson to those elected to
national or local posts.

Let us continue to pray for those in our government, for those who
handle organizations, whether big or small. May the example of
Christ’s servanthood be the model they exemplify. As barangay captain
or president of the republic, it is through acquiescing to the good of
the people that a leader earns the respect he or she deserves and that
a leader can finally live up to the title of being a public servant.

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