A New Year Prayer

Morning Prayer: A Call to Leadership and Service
January 4, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Konzen, S.M.

Good morning. I hope you each enjoyed the celebration of our Lord’s birth and the welcome two-week break that came with it. If you’re hearing this, then you’ve done what I asked on our last day before Christmas—to come back today so that we could start the second part of our year together, which we do today.

I’ve been thinking about leadership, maybe especially about how they came to adore the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace, who was only a helpless baby and who had been born into a humble life that would become a brief life, one of great service and sacrifice. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everyone can lead because everyone can serve.” We know that he knew the bible, and that’s where we read in Luke’s gospel that whoever would lead the others would first have to serve the needs of all the rest.

How do you want to lead this year? What kind of leadership—I mean to say, what kind of service—did you want to offer when this year began back in August? Was it in a club, on a team, in your department, in the classroom, or simply by the kind of steady example you give each day? Let us take just a short moment to think about that—what is the leadership I most need to be a part of, to offer to others in the remainder of this school year? What kind of example do I need to give in order to lead?

(Pause)

Who is depending on you for your leadership, and how well do you plan to serve them? We serve the Lord first, and that is our model of how we need to serve others. We receive them and we serve them as if they were Jesus.

Let us pray.

In the name of… O God, who sent your son Jesus to show us the way to serve and to love, grant that we may be ready to lead as you would have us lead because we have been the school of service begun in the coming of Jesus. As we strive to follow the model of his mother, to be able to say “yes” to you when you call, may we know the joy of serving Christ through our daily work, and may we lead others as He did, unwavering in our purpose and our commitment to you, exercising mercy and a generous spirit. Show us the way to you, the way to lead in whatever capacity is ours to carry. In Christ Jesus we pray, Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

May the months ahead be a time of real growth for us all. I’m glad we are back together.

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