St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Today's first reading reminds me that Jesus didn't set up the church as a free-for-all. He instituted a hierarchy of leaders which we know today as Pope, bishops and priests. St. Paul tells us that we are to be obedient to their leadership as they show us how to live. St. Leo was one of the great examples of a spiritual leader, administrator, peacemaker, and educator.
One more thing: The church is an organization comprised of humans, therefore, there will be fault. For that reason, today's clergy need our love and prayers more than ever. Many are criticized and persecuted for the horrible actions of some. I can foster a love of the clergy within my children and still be a vigilant parent. We often do things for the clergy as a family, such as making them meals, praying for them, and responding to calls for help within the parish ministries.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, bless the men and women who have answered the call to a spiritual vocation. May they be strengthened each day by your grace and love. Help me to foster a love of the clergy within my family. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Leo, pray for me and for an increase in vocations.