Chosen, appointed to bear fruit

The readings for today’s readings brought to mind the perpetual topic of leadership and the selection, appointment and installation of leaders.

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16)

And while we easily think of the application of this verse with priestly vocations, religious life, the call to serve as bishop and in the election of the pope, we are not so quick to apply the same thought to those in the public square of civic leadership. Of course the demagogue is certain to point out that his election or candidacy is divinely appointed, certain destiny, and blessed by God. But apart from the demagogue, the verse challenges me to ask what am I looking for (hoping for) in civic leadership this time around. And hence the image of the “coming storm”. Continue reading