IGNATIAN REFLECTIONS

Servant Leadership

One of the hallmarks of Pope Francis’s papacy is the idea of “servant leadership.” He continually reminds us, through his words and his deeds that true leadership is about service. This is evident in particular in his Holy Thursday liturgies, where he takes care to wash the feet not only of ordained priests, as is often the custom; not only of men, as often is the custom; not only of Catholics, which is often the custom; but of all. He has washed the feet, for example, of Muslim women. The true leader is the servant of all.

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit became the first Latin American pope March 13, taking the name Francis. (CNS photo/Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters)

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit became the first Latin American pope March 13, taking the name Francis. (CNS photo/Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters)

In today’s Gospel, as Jesus places a child by his side, he reminds his disciples of the virtue of humility, simplicity and littleness. It’s not something that’s very popular today. It wasn’t popular among the disciples, either, who argued about who was the greatest. But littleness is a big part of the Christian life.

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Prayer

The life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service. So let me ask you: when you help others, do you look them in the eye? Do you embrace them without being afraid to touch them? Do you embrace them with tenderness? Think about this: how do you help? From a distance or with tenderness, with closeness?

—Pope Francis

The goal of the Christian life is JOY!!!

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Prayer

The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew.

—Pope Francis

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