The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. — Psalm 23:1
Mass Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4 / Matthew 16:13-19
In today’s first reading, Peter teaches that Church leaders are to “tend” the flock in their care. He offers three principles of good leadership. First, leadership is not a mere occupation, but a vocation — something illustrated by Jesus in His comparison between the hireling and the good shepherd (Jn 10:11-14). Second, good leaders are not motivated by personal gain, but by their eagerness to serve God. Third, good leaders neither dominate nor dictate, but lead by good example.
If anyone had power and authority in the early Church, it was Peter (Mt 16:18). But here we have Peter practicing what he preaches — rather than lording it over others, Peter writes as a “fellow-presbyter”; rather than issuing high-handed commands, he chooses to “exhort.” Here are “Peter’s Principles” in action!
Prayer: Servant-King, help me to be a humble and hardworking servant in Your Kingdom.