I had the joy of listening to Archbishop William who gave a beautiful homily this evening. As usual, he preached with conviction.
The reflection for the Feast of Christ the King is on kingship, leadership and servant-hood. Our Lord Jesus served perfectly. He is truly our role model.
You must have heard of this – Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Indeed, this is so true. We look at King David, the one chosen and anointed to lead, and we see that he was in the thick of the battle most of the time.
The leader must be able to walk the talk, in other words. He has to serve in life and in death, and be like the true Servant-King Jesus. Jesus ruled from the Cross, the symbol of God’s mercy on us all.
The leader does not save himself. Jesus certainly did not. He sought only to do the will of the Father who so loved the world that He sent our Saviour to save us so that all who believe may not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus is truly a servant who underwent being misunderstood, being ridiculed and being reviled. He did not cower under the insults hurled at Him as He suffered to save us on the Cross.
Are we prepared to be like the Lord Jesus? Are we ready to lay down our lives? Can we stand being unappreciated and misunderstood? Can we simply offer no retaliation at all?
Finally may we hear the Lord say: You will be with me in paradise.
His mercy takes control at all times. His compassion is overflowing. His forgiveness is always sought and found.
The question is: Are you a real leader?