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Food for ThoughT


This week we are focused on leadership.The passage we are reflecting on is in Mark 10.35-45. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do whatever we ask you.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked them. 37 They answered him, “Allow us to sit at your right and at your left in your glory” 38 Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup I drink or to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We are able,” they told him. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with. 40 But to sit at my right or left is not mine to give; instead, it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 When the ten disciples heard this, they began to be indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant, 44 and who-ever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” From this passage we learn a lesson on leadership and how it applies to all of us as Christians. We are very influenced by our society that we try to apply the worldly thinking to the Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us (not only with His words, but also with His own life as an example) that as Christians we need to radically change the way we think—not to seek our own glory and to be self-serving. Instead, we should serve and love our neighbours. As we start a new year, I encourage you to look for ways to serve. Let us all pray to God for wisdom to identify how we can serve. Let us pray for courage and discipline to serve whenever we can serve.

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Julio Melchor