Anyone Can Be Pope

God’s perspective is so different from man’s.

John 12:3-8 is proof of that.

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

As a young man at U. Mass in the late 70’s, I remember well the serious vitriol by anti-Catholics, against the pomp and celebration surrounding the selection of Pope John Paul I–and then a month later-JP II.

Like Judas, these so-called “disciples” railed at our enthusiasm–and– as they judged, “the waste” of our precious resources, adding that no man should be so celebrated.

I have no idea what their motives were, but, as Judas tried to trick Jesus…neither could these folks out think God.

The fact is, everything they were witnessing–then–and what the world saw yesterday, with the selection of Pope Francis I, is exactly what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Do any of these statements sound familiar?

God will change our name.

He will celebrate our arrival from the dead.

Trumpets will sound.

Throngs of people will sing,

from every nation, land and tongue.

The number will be greater than man can count.

A mansion He has prepared will be waiting.

Angels will submit to you.

Things you bind shall be bound.

Things you loose shall be loosed.

On that day you arrive in heaven…new robes will await you.

Washed, forgiven, and elevated beyond anything you’ve ever dreamed.

We shall all be like Popes.

We who are washed in the blood of Christ.

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