A servant-leader of September 8th
Today the world turns her attention to Syria and all violence-torn societies. The universal Church lifts up prayers in intercession and asks the entire body of Christ to “make supplication in prayers” (cf. Phil. 4:6) with some fasting.
The root of violence and war is not far-fetched. It is embedded in selfishness, a selfishness that manifests itself in myriads of ways: greed, tribalism, racism, corruption, ethnic cleansing, etc. Indeed, any of these and more eventually mounts up consequences and leads man to the doom of war.
As the world goes down on her knees today in supplication for Syria and other places, we remember the example given to us by a servant-leader called Mary. (Her birthday by the way is tomorrow, September 8th). By her simple fiat, her simple “be it done to me according to your word”, she became the most blessed of all women. That is instructive. She stooped to conquer, she was selfless in order to gain all, she served and yet eventually becomes the attention of service of all angels.
This figure presents herself to us as an example and antidote to violence and war. As already reiterated, all wars are rooted in selfishness. War, whether actual or in potency, are elements of a long display of the greed of man. And Mary gives us selfless service as an antidote to all these.
May all leaders clearly see their roles to serve selflessly. May genuine and selfless leaders arise, particularly in Nigeria. May such know that the health and safety of the society depends on their selflessness. Acts of war of tomorrow is neutralized by good governance and selflessness. It is not for nothing that the whole world is getting endeared to a Francis who is living out the papal title, Servus servorum Dei.
Happy birthday to a servant-leader. Happy birthday to a model of selflessness.