It is 28th January 2020. We celebrate the memorial of St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church. The readings are from 2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19 and the Gospel from Mark: 3:31-35. Bringing God’s presence near the people is the sole task of a good leader and set apart Jerusalem as a religious capital for the divided nation. Religion moistures morality in the mind of people. Conscience is sharpened among people who are having a regular and meaningful worship to God. David won the hearts of all people bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the city. David presented a new model for leadership. He celebrated the presence of God, participated by singing and dancing in front of the Ark, even when his wife, the daughter of Saul looked down on him for doing so. A political leader becomes a successful leader when he celebrates life with people and willing to enter into their life of worship and work. The primary duty of a leader is to discern and do the will of God. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Who is the king of glory? He, the Lord, he is the king of glory.” (Ps.23:8). The Gospel invites us to do the will of God in order that we belong to the family of Jesus. Doing the will of God involves sacrifice, sanctification and service in the light of the Word of God. “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” (Jn 14:21). May we always attempt to listen to the Word of God so as to do the will of God. May you have a good day.