Jesus said to the disciples, “You know that those who are recognised 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 first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Sharing the Mission
People are not looking for leaders who can solve all their problems or answer all their questions. Often they know the answers already or they know their problem has no immediate solution. They look for understanding; they seek a sensitive and consoling response; they seek the spiritual comfort we can bring. They want someone who will pray with them, whose presence will remind them that no matter what their difficulties might be, God really loves and cares for them. They want assurance that God will never abandon them. This is the leadership that we are called to live.
How does your conference manifest the presence of a loving, caring and forgiving people?
Give thanks this week for your conference President and for all those presidents in the past who have served as Vincentian leaders within the Society.
(Leader) Christ calls us to be servants to each
other, and so we pray, (Together) Lord, help us to
be loving, caring and forgiving. (Leader) For the
grace to help others in their pain and frustration,
(Together) Lord, help us to be understanding
and sensitive. (Leader) For the grace to bring
peace and healing to others,
(Together) Lord, help us to give the “assurance to the poor that God will never abandon them.”