THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
BEING A SERVANT LEADER - 5
Today’s gospel: Mark 12:38-44
Many servant leaders are like “the scribes, who like
to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.”
(v.38-39). They are like scribes when they:
stand on their power and position, and oftentimes lord it
proud due to their lofty service or position in the community
to being honored, recognized, exalted, and even make moves
to enhance their recognition and popularity.
their medals, pins and other aspects of Church honor even
when there is no need to display these.
their long resumes read before a talk or presentation.
their pictures rather than Christ’s on tarps at events.
The above are not for a true servant leader, who ought to
be a lowly servant. The true servant leader rather ought to:
never be self-referential, looking always to the interests
of others and not his own.
the lowest and last place even as he as leader has to be
on top and lead.
trappings of pomp, power and exultation.
impressed with his shortcomings rather than his capabilities.
to serving others rather than being served by others.
have to be thanked and extolled for the good he does.
humbled if ever he is extolled.
in being insulted and maligned for the good he does for
This is the only way for a servant leader. It is, after all,
the way of Christ.