YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: A Good Leader
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Lk. 6:39-42) Friday of the Twenty Third Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus reveals the credible and reliable teacher or leader. Through the analogy of the experience of blind people, that is the blind cannot lead another blind, Jesus tells the apostle that a leader should be aware of his own weaknesses, limitations, and blindness. Unless he is able to address them, it is impossible for him to lead.
Leadership is not merely commanding followers what to do. Authority does not only come from titles and positions.
Leaders must know what they are asking their followers to do. Or at least, they had already experience it. Our Lord Jesus is perfect on this. Everything He asked us to do, He had already done, from forgiveness, sacrifice, love, obedience, humility, to etc.
If the standard on followers are high, the standard for leaders are higher. It begins with knowing the Lord. Having a close relationship with Jesus makes the leader focused and committed. Knowing the faith comes next. It is not about academic excellence. It is about having a relationship with God. And obedience or following God’ s will which unfolds the truth of the Word of God completes it.
Let us begin with ourselves. Let us examine our own faith, convictions, and purposes. Humility should be our approach and attitude towards others. Hopefully these will lessen our blindness and be able to guide others. We need more humble and experienced guides. Let us pray for more enlightenment specially of our leaders. And may those blind before obtain sight and become guides themselves.