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The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend.

As Jeremiah reminds us, not all leaders have their people’s best interests at heart. Too often, the ones who long to control others seize positions of leadership. They care nothing for the people’s needs. Instead, they get carried away by their own power and their motives become selfish and warped. We all remember many such leaders and sadly recall the harm they have done to the innocent.

But there is hope. Jesus promises another kind of leadership: one that is rooted in peace, truth, goodness, compassion, righteousness, mercy, reconciliation, sacrifice, and never-ending love. He gathers to himself all who have been scattered, caring for them, feeding them, protecting them. He leads them beside still waters. He restores their souls.

He also tends to his disciples, for he knows that as they carry out the mission they share with him, they need support and time to unwind. And so he listens to their stories and finds them a quiet place where they can rest. He models what it is to be a good shepherd, a good leader, so that they can become good leaders too.

Today, as in the time of Jeremiah, many people who find themselves in leadership roles have a lot to answer for. But if we look to the Good Shepherd as our guide along life’s paths, we will not go astray.

Anne Louise Mahoney

Author: Living with Christ

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