Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 29 March 2015

Weekly Reflection

"... You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other's feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you."

John 13:1-15

The Paschal Triduum starts off with Maundy Thursday. It is also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Sheer Thursday or Thursday of Mysteries. The name 'Maundy' is derived from the first word of the Latin phrase, "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos (A new commandment I give unto you, love one another as I have loved you)." It is found in John 13:34, when Jesus explained the significance of washing his disciples' feet.

Many leadership books are out there and most of them focus on the techniques. However, Jesus expressed it in a different way. The focus of leadership must be love, sacrifice and service. Some may jeer at this idea of leadership in a dog-eat-dog world but the most noteworthy and respected leaders are the ones who truly sacrifice and serve their people in love.

The craving for power, position, control and authority are the exact opposite of what Christ preaches. The greatest leader is one who voluntarily sheds his pride, ego and status to serve his people in love.