FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
BEING A SERVANT LEADER – 5
June 6, 2015
Today’s gospel: Mark 12:38-44
Many servant leaders are like “the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.” (v.38-39). They are like scribes when they:
- stand on their power and position, and oftentimes lord it over others.
- become proud due to their lofty service or position in the community or parish.
- look to being honored, recognized, exalted, and even make moves to enhance their recognition and popularity.
- wear their medals, pins and other aspects of Church honor even when there is no need to display these.
- have their long resumes read before a talk or presentation.
- have their pictures rather than Christ’s on tarps at events.
The above are not for a true servant leader, who ought to be a lowly servant. The true servant leader rather ought to:
- never be self-referential, looking always to the interests of others and not his own.
- take the lowest and last place even as he as leader has to be on top and lead.
- disdain trappings of pomp, power and exultation.
- be impressed with his shortcomings rather than his capabilities.
- look to serving others rather than being served by others.
- not have to be thanked and extolled for the good he does.
- be humbled if ever he is extolled.
- rejoice in being insulted and maligned for the good he does for the Lord.
This is the only way for a servant leader. It is, after all, the way of Christ.
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