Here we have Jesus with an eye of mercy and compassion for the many people who appear abandoned to themselves like sheep without a shepherd. What does this say about the people and their leaders today?
Obviously, we want to think of religious leaders to have the heart of compassion, like Jesus, for the people entrusted to them. So, we pray vocations to priesthood, for example. But we can enlarge the perspective to touch also other facets of human life.
Readings Isaiah 30: 18–21, 23–26 Psalm 147: 1–6 Matthieu 9: 35–38; 10 1, 6–8
Shepherds in daily life
The attitude of Jesus can also awaken us to seek leaders who in their political, social and economic policies put the human person at the centre of everything. Sometimes you have the impression that we have experts, economic experts for example, who are going to work hard to ensure that the economy works as they have foreseen in their calculation, to arrive at recording some economic growth. And yet, in the end you only realise that such expertise is mobilised for the sake of the economy itself while the people themselves, who are supposed to be the centre, are rendered poorer and more miserable.
The conversion to which this advent time invites us may include changing our motivations as well as our criteria in the way we choose leaders. May we be, thus, be enlightened so that we have the wisdom to choose leaders to who reflect the will of God for his people.
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