In the on-going NBA finals, it is common to behold a sea of California Golden Yellow when in the Oracle Arena, the home court of the Golden State Warriors, while one can see a flood of wine and gold, when in the Quicken Loans Arena, the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wearing the team colors brings with it pride and energy — pride of where one belongs, and energy for the athlete(s) competing in the sports. The same can be said of our faith; we also like to be associated with being followers of Christ, especially in a country like ours where the majority are Christians. In this Sunday’s Gospel, the disciples had the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, after Peter, being inspired by the Holy Spirit, proclaimed him as “The Messiah of God”. The Lord directed them not to tell anyone, then told them of his forthcoming Passion, Death and Resurrection:
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Lk. 9: 23-24)
These words are very important to us and to all followers of Christ. For us to be effective disciples of Jesus, we must strive to be able to reflect him in our lives. Sinners that we are, with God’s grace, he empowers us with his grace and mercy. The last few weeks made me feel good, you know why? Prior to the May 9 elections, it’s very common seeing politicians taking the business section (with taxpayers money I suppose) while flying within Philippine destinations.
Lately though, it is very noticeable that all of them in the same flights that I’ve taken so far, have travelled on the economy section. Coincidence? Nah. They’ve taken the lead of the incoming leader. As Fr. Ely said, “Our action precedes our essence.” The real way to leadership is by example, not by rhetoric. Whenever we want to lead, we should show the way. There’s really no need to tell our followers how to do it, let’s show it how. Jesus is the perfect example. He matched his words with action.
We only need to listen to him and follow his example. Our action precedes our essence.
“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn. 10: 27)