Today’s readings are about abuse of power among those who profess to teach or lead others. These roles are especially open to scrutiny because of the power inherent in them. We could extend this idea to anyone in a position of authority, but our focus here is on the faith community. Those in leadership roles in the church are reminded of their responsibility, and we are encouraged to hold them accountable and to pray for them. We are all called to be responsible in one way or another.
- Lord Jesus, you warned your disciples against burdening others: Lord, have mercy.
- Christ Jesus, you called them to be humble servants: Christ, have mercy.
- Lord Jesus, you challenge us to be responsible people: Lord, have mercy.