Annually towards the end of the Liturgical year, SLRP begins its renewal activities for its parish workers. One of its activities is the parish recollection. Last October 14, the PPC invited the Rev. Msgr. Romulo-Jesus C. Rañada, the parish priest of Our Lady of the Annuciation, to talk on Servant Leadership.
It was a refreshing and informative discussion on the code of conduct of parish workers. He explained the important role of parish workers and leaders emphasizing that serving in the church should and must follow the example of Jesus, the paramount servant leader. If one wants to be a leader, s/he must first be the servant of all.
Msgr. Ranada’s talk was centered on the Gospels with particular focus on the Washing of Feet narrative in John 13:1-17. It is only in the Gospel of John that this particular episode in the passion of Jesus is found. In all the other gospels, it is the Last Supper that is presented.
He explained that the first thing the Lord did, after getting a basin of water, was to remove His outer garment and wrap it around His waist. By taking off His outer garment, Jesus shed His divine persona and became one with us. It symbolizes His complete humility and obedience to the Father.
After the washing, Jesus left this commandment for His disciples “I have washed your feet, so too must you do to each other. If you call me Lord and Master, then you must follow the example I have shown you. For no servant is greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than the one who sent the message.”