We follow a different kind of leader

We follow a different kind of leader

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Good kings, rulers, and leaders testify to the truth. They speak the hard words no one else wants to say, and they see beyond the superficial and temporary to utter the profound and enduring truth that the powerful of this world do not want to believe.

They declare that glory comes not from one’s accomplishments and amassed wealth but from emptying oneself for the sake of another. They announce that majesty is not about what a person wears but the reverence we show to one another, especially those despised by the world. They proclaim blessings not upon their benefactors but upon those who have nothing to give them. They make known that strength is found in asking for forgiveness, in turning the other cheek, and in bending low to serve. Their decrees inspire mercy, not fear, courage, not pettiness, generosity, not self-interest. And they share their power that all may be recognized as worthy of dignity.

We follow a leader who walks by our side. We listen for the voice that does not command but invites us to hear and to follow. Click To Tweet

At the end of the liturgical year, we stand with a different kind of king than the world has ever seen. We follow a leader who walks by our side. We listen for the voice that does not command but invites us to hear and to follow. For Christ is king not of a land but of a people whom he has made into a kingdom, whose hearts he rules with friendship.

 
This post was first published in “GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal.”

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