Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year A. 1 October 2017

The battle for leadership, Godly style, continues and will for the next few weeks. John the Baptist had rattled the nerves and the sense of security of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. The High Priests Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and Elders were doing their utmost to appease the Romans and maintain some control over the people. John’s movement was not Temple centred, was popular and people were responding. They were damaging the leaders’ arrangement with the Romans. It was evident that some, perhaps many, and even the despised tax collectors and prostitutes, were recognising the Heavenly source of both John’s and Jesus’s origin, teaching and authority.

Something had to give.

Leadership is never easy, even in grand finals! Circuses are one thing: food, jobs, warmth and security are another. Caesar and God will arrive soon.

During the week I had a disturbing conversation with a better than average fourteen-year-old who told me (and subsequently sent me the 41-minute transcript, as you do) that the speech of the U.S. president to the U.N. was the best speech he had ever heard and that Donald Trump was right to place America first. It rattled my cage a little.

Some comfort came in the words of the second reading for this weekend.

“Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.”

Leadership is difficult and challenging, particularly when Godly principles are involved with human designs.

Let us continue to proclaim the welfare of the community.

Let us joyfully accept the invitation to go to the vineyard…and GO!

 

Mons Frank

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