|Pope Francis of Rome|
I suppose all the hype is to be expected with more than 69 million registered Catholics in America (22% of the U.S. Population) and many more who vied just get a glimpse of him. (These stats are two years old so, the numbers may be slightly different.)
It just struck me odd as a non-Catholic just how inspiring this visit was for those who are! I read of people weeping, standing in lines for hours, altering their life drastically; bringing their children, traveling miles just to be in close proximity of His Eminence.
Truly, it looked like something out of the Gospels, when Jesus came to town! Only, let's get this straight...The Pope ain't Jesus! And he wasn't healing (at least not physically) diseases and infirmities. Folks gathered around, kissing his hand, bowing before him and feeling oh so privileged to just be near him as if this was their main purpose for living.
Powerful and revered as the pope is and no matter the traditional teaching of Catholicism; He is no more God's representative on earth than we are! I just don't get it! But then, maybe this trip has a higher calling! I'm sure God has some unrevealed purpose.
In all fairness, I do have to say that this Pontiff comes off quite different from former popes. First of all he seems more vibrant and healthy. Remember Pope John Paul, II's bullet proof ride? He was so frail that I wasn't sure if the glass covering was meant to protect him from outsiders or to catch him should he hit a bump in the road and fall out of the vehicle!
He also seems to be more in touch with the real world and it's social issues. Not hiding behind his papacy but actually addressing the hard stuff like sexual abuse, abortion and same sex marriages. Got to give it to him, he's sticking to his spiritual guns and does have a certain charm about him!
Still, I'm jealous of the attention he got by the masses! Would they treat my Jesus the same way? God the Father is the only Holy Father I recognize (Abba Father, Mark 14:36). I bow before no one but God, (Daniel 3) for even the apostles rejected this kind of treatment. (Acts 14:15) But God deserves every praise!
I believe that Jesus, would have barely gotten His feet on American soil before being profiled as a Terrorist! You do know that in human flesh, He would present as an olive skinned, bearded middle eastern man, dressed in ethnic garb! How many photos of men like this have you seen flashing across your T.V. screen since 9/11?
People hung onto every word the Pope spoke and he did have wonderful things to say! But did he really say anything different that what Bible preachers and teachers have been saying? His key themes were: We need to love each other more, attend to the needs of the poor; humble yourself before the Lord, judge no one and work toward peace and harmony! I don't know about you but I get that every week, in Sunday school and morning service!
Having said all this, I ask you to do as I'm going to do. Search the scriptures more thoroughly regarding End Time events. Revisit a study of the book of Revelation and pray to God for discernment. What did this trip really mean for America and the world? My heart tells me THAT GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING...AND THE POPE'S VISIT IS ONLY A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS!
UNTIL NEXT TIME!...
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