“Where are the leaders?” is the often repeated question today. There is definitely a dearth of quality leaders in the socio-political-religious spheres of life who can make a positive difference to society and make it a better place to live in. Many societies, groups, organizations and even nations have fallen apart because of the inefficient leaders they had. Any leader who only works for his or her own well-being and prosperity will soon realize that his or her followers are dwindling in number and will soon be overthrown. No leadership survives long on selfishness, pride or lie. A leader should provide a vision to follow and be ready to commit him/herself to pursue that vision relentlessly and become models to his/her followers. Today, in our liturgy, we are presented the most genuine, committed and never compromising leader who is ever ready even to sacrifice his life for his followers. Jesus is our Shepherded who leads, protects and guides us to the safest pastures of life and in the process who will fight our enemies and defeat them. A Christian leader is a committed follower who lives and gives Jesus to the world. No Christian, whatever position he/she may be holding in his/her life, is a leader unless he/she completely adheres to the values, attitudes and teachings of Christ.
Our role is to ‘serve the God we know and know the God we serve’. Jesus claims that he knows his own sheep and they listen to his voice. He knows his followers personally but the question is whether the followers know him. Today we look for leaders who are highly decorated in the society, macho men and women who are attractive, socially who is who, celebrities and above all, the rich and the influential. The present generation is controlled by the media and so it does not have much time to listen to the real Shepherd. Listening and following the good Shepherd today is out of fashion and so there is a tendency to avoid the door and enter through some other way. Jesus is the door that protects and safeguards his followers and no enemy can touch or do any harm to them. Jesus the good Shepherd gives his own life to the sheep and he becomes their way that leads to life eternal.