THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
THE SON OF MAN
Today’s gospel: Mark 14:12-26
Servant leaders are supposed to serve, be obedient to, and
follow the Master. As servants they are not to have their
own agenda, priorities or preferences. They are to be loyal
to the Master. However, being a top well-formed servant leader
is no assurance that that will always be the case.
a look at Judas. He was one of the original twelve apostles
and was in Jesus’ company for three years, privy to
Jesus’ inputs, more intimate teachings, exposition on
the parables, and so on. As part of the twelve empowered by
Jesus, we presume he cured diseases and drove out demons.
He was entrusted with the purse.
Judas betrayed Jesus.
may be in Jesus’ company for many years, we may have
undergone numerous teachings and formation programs, we may
be holding high positions of service, but we too can end up
what ways might we betray Jesus or the cause of Jesus?
When we oppose the one vision and mission of our community
and insist on our own directions.
When we fail to give enough of our resources (time, talent,
treasure), thus preventing our community from taking advantage
of all opportunities to advance the cause of Christ.
we engage in destructive gossip, when we malign other leaders,
when we become the cause of dissent and disunity in the
we cause scandal by our wrong actions and damage the witness
of our community.
Jesus, the Master, was humble, single-minded, zealous and
gave his all, even unto death. We are to follow in his footsteps,
looking to his example. Anything less is selling Jesus short,
or might even be a betrayal of him. And “woe to that
man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.” (v.21b).