Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran urged the new officials of the province to follow and imitate Jesus as a leader in his flock, Radio Veritas 846 reported.
According to the Bishop, although the elected officials have their own leadership style, the Lord wants to serve others with humility and care.
“Jesus would like you be leaders after Him; Jesus style because for us Christians there is only one style of leadership and that is Jesus’ leadership, “Bishop Uy said.
He hoped that the officers respond to the invitation to follow the Lord’s will for serving the people and to be united in Jesus’ mission to please the people.
He even urged every one to attend the Holy Mass to reflect on daily activities if it focuses only on the power, worldly and material things that man should avoid.
“We have to be careful with power, you have to be careful with it, in handling it, we have to be extra careful because it’s addictive,” Bishop Uy said.
On the first day of July, officials sit in national and local governments who were elected during the 13th May elections.
Last June 30, Bishop Uy celebrated the Holy Mass with the elected provincial officials prior to their oath taking of offices.
He rejoiced the gathering of new provincial officers in the Holy Eucharist which means asking for the Lord’s guidance on a new mission that will face the service of the people and the believer.
He also assured them the full support from the Church especially in the spiritual aspect.
“I am happy that you are here, I understand that you are here because you want to ask for Gods’ blessings, you want to pray, ask his help as you embark on this new journey for new mission in fulfilling your duties and responsibilities; I as your shepherd let me assure you that together with the Christian community we also pray for you, “Bishop Uy said.
He eventually challenged local government leaders to serve faithfully and according to the will of the Lord to achieve the true goal of service.
“My dear public officials this is my challenge to all of you commit now to serve the Lord, not tomorrow, not in your last term but today; work for God because the retirement benefits are great,” the Bishop said.