Wednesday of the 20th Week of Ordinary Time
August 19, 2020
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Therefore, shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
As I live, says the Lord GOD,
because my sheep have been given over to pillage,
and because my sheep have become food for every wild beast,
for lack of a shepherd;
because my shepherds did not look after my sheep,
but pastured themselves and did not pasture my sheep;
The above message applies to every Leader or Head of the Family. The Christian leadership or parenthood is a calling to pass on the love of God to their Subordinates or to Children. Passing on the love of God means become examples of love by loving them and testifying them by the lived life.
In the modern leadership we can not see servant leadership but Leadership of dominance, pressure , Ego , selfishness and of ideologies. Even in the Church Leadership, more importance has been given to administration than passing on the love of God. Parents have become agents of selfishness and pass on greed and pride to their Children than the love of God. The Race,Religion,Education,Nationality,Language ,color, beauty has become the pride and identity of our Children and life has been trained and lived to achieve these Worldly priorities and the love and charity completely missing among them.
Leaders or Leadership is a stewardship or authority given by God to rule the Creation and carry on the creation to the fullness of love. If Leaders do not become the stewards of love then their Leadership no more leadership but fake and Hypocrisy in the name of love. This is a terrible offence against the humanity and God intervenes in these situations to protect the innocent. King Saul disobeyed God and God rejected him and brought David the Shepherd Boy as a King. David had a Gods Heart , humble and obedient full of mercy and Compassion.
God comes in search of people to look after them through his appointed Leaders so obeying to Authorities or Leaders is obeying God himself. God provides,heals,delivers,protects,pacifies,searches,comforts ,loves his people through his appointed good Leaders. God himself does not reveal himself but works through his Body the Church. Gods Body is every Authority on this Earth whether it is Civil, Social or Political, all Authorities are passed on Authority of Gods love. We misinterpret Church in to some Christian Institutions but in the context of the Church,it is not an institution but people of love.
We must go beyond Christian Baptized Leaders in to Leaders of love and Charity.This Common platform brings all loving people together despite of differences in their beliefs, Nationalities, ideologies , race , language or colour in to one platform of love. This is real Church or Body of Christ today and when we identify these people in the scattered Society and work with them to build the Humanity in to love we do the work of Unity or evangelisation. Evangelisation is not preaching but getting involved with people in Charity and love and create an awareness of love and service to the Whole World through the Values of Christ.
If a person believes in love and Charity , he or she follow the values of Christ. Pope Francis is a Smart and obedient Servant of Servants who understood the values of love and unity and working together with all people who believe in love. Devil is the offender and enemy of love and forms divisions splitting people in to various institutions of ideologies. He puts doubt and Supremacy among loving people and creates division, these divisions and Supremacy bring Violence and destruction. Love and forgiveness destroys Supremacy and division and unites people together in Peace.
We need today leaders of love ,forgiveness and peace and not the Leaders of ideologies, Supremacy and Division. When there are Selfish Leaders, people of love must cry to God and raise voice against them by exposing them to remove these Leaders from their Authority and bring in good Leaders of love and God will listen to their Cries immediately because he constantly looks at his people at every watch of the day, at dawn, morning,Noon, mid noon and in the evening, whether his people have enough food,medicine,Shelter,Clothing,comfort and more of the presence of his love.
Gods Mercy and love is constant , abundant , unlimited and equal to those who listen to him but if we are rebellious and after the Worldly leaders of hatred and false ideologies , today God is calling us again, whichever state of life we may be living in, to come to his Vineyard of love and Work with other like minded people of love where the Harvest is abundant and we will be equally paid and offset whatever we have lost in our past life.
Prayer : Lord Jesus give us grace to choose good leaders and voice against bad Leaders through Petitions and Prayer. Amen.