MATTHEW 20:20-28 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION ( JULY 25, 2020)
Then the mother of James and John came to Jesus with her sons, and she knelt down, to ask a favor. Jesus said to her, “What do you want?” And she answered, “ Here, you have my sons. Grants, that they may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus said to the brothers, “ You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink? They answered, “ We can.”
Jesus replied, “ You will indeed drink my cup; but to sit at my right and at my left is not for me to grant. That will be for those, for whom my Father has prepared it.”
The other ten heard all this, and were angry with the two brothers.
Then Jesus called them to Him and said, “You know that the rulers of nations behave like tyrants, and the powerful oppress them. It shall not be so among you: whoever wants to be great in your community, let him minister to the community. And if you want to be the first of all, make yourself the servant of all. Be like the Son of Man, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life to redeem many.”
POINTS OF REFLECTION
While it is harder to set aside the disguise of personal interest in this life than the genuine motive of a quality service to all ranging from the nameless to the famous and known personalities, this Bible reading reminded us to serve not just for promotion but rather for the satisfaction of those whom the services are intended for.
Leadership is not tyranny. It is not oppressive. It is not being served but rather a servant of all. Leadership commences within oneself by guiding the whole being to do what is rightfully to be done. Leading a few is the next level of leadership where some people choose to follow not because they are forced to follow but because they have the same advocacy that is to serve for the greater good.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus is an all out figure of a true leader. He employs servant leadership. His disciples were chosen not because they are knowledgeable but because they are hard workers, they were taken by Jesus from the shore doing fishing the whole night without a single catch till daybreak.
Finally Jesus is considered as the leading figure of leadership and his disciples are the leading figure of a true follower.