(Fourth Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, May 7, 2017.

If you want a true leader, he or she must possess the following attributes:
– A true leader possesses life within himself (or herself). A true leader experiences life in its fullness; that is to say, a life based on unity and equality. A true leader values life as a treasure that enriches the entire human race.
– The  true leaders make a commitment to share their life with all. The force that moves the leaders is the desire to bring their life to everybody. This motivation impels the leaders to offer their life for the life to their followers. The commitment of the true leaders, therefore, is based on their identification with their followers.
– True leaders lead their followers to life. Through their example, they lead their followers to achieve fullness of life, with all its rewards and challenges. Life thus, becomes a gift to all who follow the leader. The leaders’ life becomes the life of their followers. True leaders become one with their followers so that they all may arrive together at the common goal of fullness of life.
Now, comes the true tragedy: The leaders of the world fail to meet the requirements of true leadership:
– The leaders of the world lack life within themselves because there is no life in those, whose only concern is the acquisition of wealth and power at all cost.
– The leaders of the world are committed only to making a “better” life for themselves, – or their elites – disregarding the welfare of the people at large.
– The leaders of the world build an insurmountable wall of separation between themselves and those whom they are supposed to lead.
Those worldly leaders are thieves and robbers who come “only to steal and slaughter and destroy” (John 10:10); they are the ones who do “not enter… through the gate but climb over elsewhere (John 10:1).
The true leader, on the contrary, wants us to “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).