Reflection of Christ

Pope Francis walks to the altar .

Urbi et Orbi Blessing “God turns everything to our good.”  Pope Francis, March 27, 2020

When I saw him walk out, I cried. I’m not sure why. I was overwhelmed. He is Christ’s representative here on earth. He’s not a perfect man; neither was Saint Peter, our first Pope. It was raining and devoid of the throngs usually flocking in Vatican square. Still, there he was, walking out to comfort an ailing world with prayer, Eucharistic adoration and blessing- even for those who could care less about anything he represents. He walked out bearing the weight of the world in his heart as he offered up the prayer of the Church. Pandemic, political strife, cultural riffs, injustice, war, illness, economic disparity, the list goes on. This Pope came out in love, love for the world and love for God. This is not the image of a man looking for glory from the faithful. This man walking out alone in the rain to pray for the world in its suffering is a reflection of Christ.

Jesus bore the weight of the world’s problems through all time and took it all upon himself and gave himself in prayer and sacrifice for the salvation of us all, even us here today 2000 years later.

I can only stutter in response.

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