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St. Paul Miki & Companions


Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark 6:30-34

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lift up your leaders

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over you as men who must render an account. So act that they may fulfill their task with joy, not with sorrow, for that would be harmful to you.” —Hebrews 13:17

At this morning’s Mass, I am seated next to the Head Director of Presentation Ministries. When I heard the above passage proclaimed by the lector, my heart went out to my brother in Christ. He pours out his heart and his life to lead all of us. He and I also happen to belong to the same home-based community, so for years I have been blessed to witness his life of prayer and sacrificial love for all of us in Presentation Ministries. He resembles Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who lays down His life for His sheep (Jn 10:11). 
It's difficult to be a leader. It demands much accountability and responsibility. Numerous problems must be addressed. Yet the Scripture above teaches that we can enable and empower our leaders to serve “with joy” (Heb 13:17). So pray for all those in authority  (1 Tm 2:2). Elevate your leaders by your love, service, docility, encouragement, and prayers. “With a leader to break the path,” we shall burst open the walls of the kingdom of darkness and bring many to healing and freedom (Mi 2:13).

Prayer:  Father, give me an ever-increasing measure of docility, courage, love, and faith.

Promise:  “Through Jesus Christ may [God] carry out in you all that is pleasing to Him.” —Heb 13:21

Praise:  The martyrdom of St. Paul Miki and his companions illustrates the universality of the Church. Priests and laymen of both Japanese and European heritage gave up their lives for Jesus.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.) (Lent is coming. To help you have a fruitful Lent, consider reading the Bible. Order, view, or download our leaflet A Prophetic Lent on our website.)

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