April 28, Fifth Sunday of Easter
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. — Psalm 145 (cf. 1)
Mass Readings: Acts 14:21-27/Revelation 21:1-5a/John 13:31-33a,34-35
In the years I’ve worked in Raleigh, N.C., I’ve interviewed a lot of Catholic leaders: a chief of police, a world-renowned college basketball coach, a pastor of a huge and hugely diverse parish. I discovered that leadership isn’t just something that comes naturally: All of these men study the topic continually, trying to learn how to be even more effective leaders in their settings.
I’ve looked at the literature a little, and here’s a angle I haven’t seen: “How Does a Leader Love?” When Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “Love one another as I have loved you,” I envision a loving leader who listens, forgives, and teaches; who acts with honesty, conviction, and patience. A loving leader, like Jesus, sees the best person I can be and encourage me to become that.
Prayer: Jesus, if I’m called today to lead, help me to lead with love.
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