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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI - MARYKNOL -12TH SUNDAY PDF Print E-mail

Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

"Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation."​

2 Timothy 2:15
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus then you're a leader too!
The disciples were given a command to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:19) and were told that whoever believed in Jesus would do works greater than His! Our Lord came to teach and to send. The greatest leader known to mankind trained and then delegated His followers for the work ahead.

But there is a seeming incongruity to the leadership that Jesus speaks of. There is a fine line between potentially being more focused on the success of a ministry than on Christ, the great minister. It's a tricky business, this Christian servanthood. It's leading, but it's also following, deference to our Lord and the love He cultivates and lives.

True spiritual leadership is a humbling journey. It is an awesome responsibility not to be taken lightly. Finally, it is relational in the fullest sense of the word. St. Paul prays with, cries over the needs of and leaves a legacy greater than gold for his beloved church in Ephesus in his farewell speech to them as portrayed in the book of Acts.

Prayer for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time​

O God, You have sent us a marvelous Group Leader in the person of Jesus, born of Mary and raised by Joseph and honed in his skills by the need to form the men and women who followed Him around. Like Jesus, we too find ourselves challenged to follow His Spirit and to be a leader to those commended to our care or responsibility. And so we ask for a dash of Your wisdom and love in our dealings with those close to us, so as to be open to their way of teaching us to grow up in the power of the Spirit of Jesus.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, perhaps the most sobering aspect of Christian leadership is that it must operate from a place of truth. Study of God's Word is paramount when being released into the world in ministry. It is the fiber holding the appointed one together and gives discernment against false teachings. I leave you with the following stanza from the poem "I Followed Where My Master Led" by Rev. Richard L. Clifford, M.M., in A Maryknoll Book of Poetry (Orbis Books): "I listened to his every word. I watched his every act. And every prophesy I heard, will soon become a fact."

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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