Wednesday of the 32nd week in ordinary time year A
Wisdom 6:1-11 Luke 17:11-19
Theme: Leadership, is a gift from God
In the 1st reading of today, the Book of Wisdom draws our attention to the fact that the position of authority that we hold, is a gift from God. So, we must be mindful of this fact, and allow the teachings of God to guide us in all our actions, as we administer our functions towards the people. This is very important because how we make use of this gift that God has given to us, is very important to him. In view of this, it is expected that we emulate Jesus in any position of leadership that we find ourselves in life, so that at the end of our stewardship, we will be applauded by God who has given us the gift.
This consciousness should always keep us on the right path because there will be final judgement at the end of our stewardship, and it will be hard for us if we misused the gift given to us by God. Any position of leadership we find ourselves, should be an opportunity for us to serve God and humanity, conscious of the fact that it is a gift from God almighty. Our position of authority becomes more meaningful, when we use it to the greater glory of God and for the good of humanity. The Book of Wisdom points out the fact that is we lead the people in the light of Christ, we are already working towards holiness of life, and this is good for us as children of God and Christians. In view of this, we are all encouraged to set our heart on the word of God and be directed by it in all that we do in our daily lives.
In the gospel reading of today we are presented with the story of the ten lepers that were healed by Jesus. In the daily life of Jesus, we see the model of a true leader. In his actions we see mercy and love for the people. He uses every opportunity that presents itself to teach people the right thing that should be done at any given point in time. This is what the 1st reading of today is admonishing us to do as leaders in different capacities. Let love, mercy, and fairness always guide you in your style of leadership and the grace of God will supply whatever is left to make your work and service fruitful. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.