Jn 21:15-19 Salvation History

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
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[Jesus] said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “…Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to…go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will…lead you where you do not want to go.”

Going Places.  From all accounts, the Holy Father’s trip to Israel, Palestine and Jordan was a tremendous success.  Where internationally known diplomats failed to leave their mark, the Holy Father left his mark at every street corner he visited.  Who can forget the unscheduled stop (and prayer) he made at the ugly security wall that separates Israel from the West Bank, and the scheduled stop and prayer at the wailing wall in Jerusalem?  No one.  In many ways, both visits were unprecedented.

And then the Holy Father did something very risky.  He said,
“In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace.  I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

The two men accepted and will go to the Vatican this coming Sunday.    

Do you love me more than these?  There are plenty of political pundits who believe the Holy Father went too far in his faith (and hopes) and that his prayer gathering will do nothing to solve the entrenched differences between two ancient people who hate each other with a passion.  But the Holy Father is a man of God, who truly believes in prayer; a lesson we should all learn.  And as he walked along a delicate tightrope during his Holy Land excursion, he has now begun to do the next best thing:  ask others walk it with him. 

A man of God is an acrobat.  He walks along a very fine line.  For him, there is only one way, one truth, and one life.  There is only one God and He must remain above all other things, including one’s own personal desires. 

History is made by such men.  Let’s just pray and hope it is a part of salvation history.

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