The longer you live, the more your trust is focused in on the One.
In our youth, everything is exciting, everything is possible, everything is potentially great. In our youth music is prophetic, change and revolution are sensible, in the ever new era of new ingenuity and new knowledge. All this is a blessing from God. For new energy infuses the old with eternal hope.
"'A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you.' Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock." Isaiah 26:1-6
We have 'Rock Stars,' and wrestlers named 'the Rock,' and we tend to put our hope in rock solid financial investments, in rock solid romantic relationships, and we build our societies and families on the rock solid tenets of popular society.
Eventually, all these rocks will crumble.
"It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes." Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Funny, but what seems archaic, and passé, to a post-modern, technologically advanced, post-Christian America, seems the most rock-solid in times of societal turbulence. The Bible and its one true interpreter, in the Catholic Church, are rock-solid consistent, when the world around us crumbles, rebuilds, and crumbles again. Though popular novels and Pop-Psychology self-help books flourish, as they speak the new lingo, they fade fast. The Bible, Sacred Scripture, on the other hand--along with the Catholic interpretation--rocks along solidly. For, even though the Bible is mystical, poetic, archaic, quirky, mysterious, and all together foreign to our 21st Century mindset, it is the never changing, ever inspiring, uncompromising Word of Divine Mercy.
"Jesus said to his disciples: 'Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.'" Matthew 7:21, 24-27
To understand Pope Francis is to understand the core of the gospel message. To understand Pope Francis is to understand the true meaning of what it means to be, not only a child of God, but, the Body of Christ. For Pope Francis understands the core message of the gospel of Christ as authentic, and temporally felt, love 'for the least of these my brethren.' Pope Francis understands the wayward sinner--in very wayward sin--as Prodigal sons and daughters separated from their Merciful Father. Pope Francis understands discipleship, in true religion, in the exercise of true holiness, as the Body of Christ, in the faithful, reaching out to the poor, the lost, and the rejected--potentially, equally, the Body of Christ.
Pope Francis does not condone sin, nor does he desire to change dogma. Rather, he wishes to promote Mercy first.
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