FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
BETRAYING THE SON OF MAN
June 7, 2015
Today’s gospel: Mark 14:12-26
Servant leaders are supposed to serve, be obedient to, and follow the Master. As servants they are not to have their own agenda, priorities or preferences. They are to be loyal to the Master. However, being a top well-formed servant leader is no assurance that that will always be the case.
Take a look at Judas. He was one of the original twelve apostles and was in Jesus’ company for three years, privy to Jesus’ inputs, more intimate teachings, exposition on the parables, and so on. As part of the twelve empowered by Jesus, we presume he cured diseases and drove out demons. He was entrusted with the purse.
But Judas betrayed Jesus.
We may be in Jesus’ company for many years, we may have undergone numerous teachings and formation programs, we may be holding high positions of service, but we too can end up betraying Jesus.
In what ways might we betray Jesus or the cause of Jesus?
- When we oppose the one vision and mission of our community and insist on our own directions.
- When we fail to give enough of our resources (time, talent, treasure), thus preventing our community from taking advantage of all opportunities to advance the cause of Christ.
- When we engage in destructive gossip, when we malign other leaders, when we become the cause of dissent and disunity in the community.
- When we cause scandal by our wrong actions and damage the witness of our community.
Jesus, the Master, was humble, single-minded, zealous and gave his all, even unto death. We are to follow in his footsteps, looking to his example. Anything less is selling Jesus short, or might even be a betrayal of him. And “woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.” (v.21b).
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