Recently, I have been reading and reflecting on what it takes to be a good leader. I hope one day, as I put what I am learning into practice, people would remember me as someone who exemplified good leadership. Maybe in my quest to discover what I need to become a good leader, I could also learn to be an effective, compassionate leader eager to build relationships. Knowing how and when to prioritize mercy might just be what it takes to be a good and compassionate leader—a leader like Jesus.
Today’s readings prompt us to consider the invitation to enter wholeheartedly into relationships with each other beyond just obligation. We are invited to make mercy our first choice when we encounter each other because mercy and understanding are not just desirable but are also pathways to healing. Have you felt the gentle hand of mercy today?
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