Reflection of the Man Jesus
"One of the deepest human desires and needs is to live in peace, to be in peace - but hatred, fear, and violence seem so prevalent, and sometimes our world seems to have lost its bearing and become mad with suicide bombings, hostage takings, and war mongering. We all yearn for peace." *
During the Pope's visit to the U.S., his message consistently is peace, mercy, and unity with each other and all of creation. How could one hear his words, observe his demeanor, or notice his mercy, peace, and joy and not be touched?
These days during Francis' visit hopefully will distract us from our pervasive hatred, fear, and violence for a moment of relief -- and hopefully, conversion. Just look at the man. Francis seems to be one who holds up a mirror - in his mirror's reflection is the face of Jesus. Francis appears to walk the walk of mercy as did Jesus. Many of us feel he still needs to do more
: to address lingering concerns over clergy sexual abuse (I suggest that these men - of all ranks - be removed from their cushy palatial jobs and be assigned to contemplative eremitical retreat centers to pray for their victims); and to fully recognize the ministerial gifts of women (ancient writings confirm that women supported the ministry of Jesus with active participation). Did anyone notice the near absence of women in the celebration of Mass? Were some of the clergy there the ones who should have been absent? There is still much to be done. But let us embrace the reflection of the man whose message is peace, mercy, and unity. We all yearn for peace.
This morning a woman driving the black Cadillac Escalade ESV with a crystal rosary hanging from the rear view mirror and an ichthus magnet on the tailgate cut me off and nearly caused a collision on IH-10. I must ask myself, "Who am I to judge?"
Toronto, Anansi, 2003. P. 5.