⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 August 2020)

📖Ezek 34:1-11; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 20:1-16a


The Gospels often present Jesus as a humble servant, who came not to be served but to serve (Matt 20:28). His generosity too cannot be equated by any. It is a kind of generosity that throws others into confusion. Consider this in line with the story of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16).

Among other things, that story tells us that Jesus does not demand so much of us. He only wants us to be disposed to accept him, and then watch him do great things for us. He does not pay us according to our MERIT but according to his LOVE. It is a story of God’s love.

Every leader is expected to embrace such selfless and unconditional love of Christ. Unfortunately, the leaders of the people in Ezekiel’s time were siphoning (robbing) the people instead of providing for them and God declared through the prophet that he was going to hold those leaders accountable for anything that happens to the flock (cf. Ezek 34:1-11).

Imagine what God would say to leaders of our time. We must ask ourselves questions on how we manage our different leadership roles. Most of us lead in one way or another. Am I just doing my will in my small area of leadership? Do I imitate Christ? Who do you imitate?

So while we continue to savour the hope that God would not abandon us in the hands of the evil leaders, what effort are we making to be better leaders?

It really begins with us. May God help us to be good leaders after the heart of Christ who would feed the flock and not just live as a parasite on them. Amen.

Have a grace-filled and loving day ahead. Amen. Peace be with you.

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