Called to Serve
"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all” (Mk 10:41~43)
Today’s Gospel reminds us of our call to service especially when in position of leadership.
November is an election month, a time when we choose leaders. It is therefore important to reflect on the meaning of leadership and leaders in the eyes of Jesus as we make important voting decisions.
Studies have found that when people are placed in position of power, they sometimes abuse their authority by mistreating or not respecting the dignity of those placed in their charge.
George Orwell in his essay “1984” noted– “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”, but our Lord is telling us as Christians “But it shall not be so among you” (MK 10:41)
The Gospel message of this Sunday extends to all of us as Christians. It demands that we are all called to serve one another, especially those we are privileged to lead, be it at work, in pastoral ministry, at home and in all positions or situations of authority
We find James and John, the Zebedee brothers, completely missing the point of Jesus’ Gospel ministry. They are completely self-absorbed and self – serving. Our Lord therefore instructs the Twelve that they must not be like the leaders among the Gentiles (non-believers). In our positions, was must consider all the human ways that could result to misuse and abuse of power and authority, whether physical or emotional or verbal. We are challenged to live the Gospel message of service.