Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 7 November 2016

by Anthony Egan SJ

“It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”– Matthew 20:26

In a world where leaders lord it over others – and sometimes use their position for personal benefit – and where so-called experts use their specialised knowledge to dominate conversations, Jesus offers us an alternative: servant leadership.

How happy the person who finds a mentor who facilitates her growth, makes her ‘discover’ something important for herself. How happy the person whose leader leads by example; he will feel empowered in what he does, and will desire to pass on that empowerment to others. How happy the servant leader, who sees such transformation enacted in others.


Lord, guide my way of leading.

May all I do be of service to others,

for in the other I see You.


Fr Anthony Egan SJ
B.A. (Hons), M.A. (UCT), B.A. (Hons) (London), M.Div., S.T.L. (Weston), Ph.D. (Wits)

Fr Anthony Egan SJ has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand, where he currently teaches at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for Spotlight. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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