Mt 10:1-7 Sir Elton John and Pope Francis

Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week In Ordinary Time 

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Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.  The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:  first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

The moment had arrived.  After months of training, the Lord finally sent His Apostles out, into the world, to preach the Good News.   He did not send them out immediately.  No, not at all. If anything, it took some time for them to learn the ropes.  Better yet, to be humbled and purified.  They needed to learn how to pray.  They needed to learn how to love.  They needed to know, with their heart and mind, the Lord.  

Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority.  It took Him a while to get them ready, but the wait was well worth it.  Today, the Apostles continue to teach us.  Their honesty is attractive.  Their mistakes are enlightening.  Their humility is inspiring.  Everything they did was for the glory of the Lord.  It’s not about me.  It about Him! 
Lord, may I celebrate this Mass for your glory, not mine. 
This morning I read that the Holy Father telephoned the clergy at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires to request that a statue of him be “removed immediately.”
The life-seized statue was installed a few days ago and it depicts Pope Francis in a white cassock smiling and waving with his right hand.  The Pope objected to it because he is “against the cult of personality.”
Oh my goodness!  The cult of personality!  How true this is!  How common it is! How awful it is!  It’s so easy for us to create idols, living idols, from mortal beings, and when they eventually fail us or fall into disgrace, they leave us feeling empty of any grace! 
Oh, how cunning the devil is:  You can be just like God (cf. Gen. 3:4).
To make matters worse we tend to blame our idols, not ourselves, for our very own unhealthy obsessions.  This happened with Lindsay Lohan.  It will happen with Miley Cyrus.  It’s beginning to happen with Justin Bieber.  It will eventually happen to Selena Gomez.  I wonder how many fans will verbally rip apart Selena Gomez when she gets her first DWI?  Answer:  As many as the number of Patriot fans lining up to return their Hernandez jerseys…IN EXCHANGE FOR ANOTHER!!!  This will never stop!
Do you remain faithful to your friends (and not turn your back on them, but pray for them) after you find out just how human they really are?
A few days ago, the Italian edition of Vanity Fair named Pope Francis “Man of The Year.”  Sir Elton John warmly said, “Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity.”  Wow!!!  He went on to say that he hoped the Pope’s message of compassion would extend to marginalized groups which “have a desperate need of his love.”  Wow!!!  [Remember: to love someone doesn’t mean you have to agree with them on everything.]
Now I know that Sir Elton John doesn’t agree with everything the Catholic Church says, but I find it comforting to know that I can agree on one more thing that he said:  “[Pope Francis’s] beacon of hope will bring more light than any advancement of science, because no drug has the power of love.”
I agree.  I totally agree.

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