Sunday, July 15, 2012
Up Close, Personal and Comfortable - Papa
“Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.” Pope Benedict XVI
Seriously, we have been given a gift to have this Papa for as long as we have had him. I notice that he is "comfortable" in the window and up front when they cheer and applaud as he has fully remembered that he, too, used to applaud and cheer as a boy and man for the Pope - not as a man but as the person GOD has placed in the window and up front - and now he knows and he has accepted his role so fully - it is not for him they cheer. Isn't that wonderful and that is the way all servants of GOD have to come to and humbly accept - anything we do or have done that has counted for GOD was not our doing but HIS through us. Yet, to be the one over all the Church - as he is - is an amazing role. He must sleep well knowing GOD has called him and he has answered and that people pray for him every hour on the hour somewhere in the world at a Mass. Isn't that amazing? What a great plan Jesus had when he said, "18* And I tell you, you are Peter, * and on this rock * I will build my church, and the powers of death * shall not prevail against it. 19* I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."