I am always–always–grateful for signs that the entire world is not giving in to the dark grip of fear, oppression, and hatred as some of our news outlets would have us believe.
Today, that sign is a series of photos of Pope Francis comforting and kissing the head of man badly disfigured by a neurological disorder, neurofibromatosis, which may cause mental impairment, hearing and vision loss, other nerve damage, and a profusion of tumors.
The man’s face is largely hidden from view by the Pope’s embrace but you can see his scalp and neck are so riddled that the skin covering them appears bubbled.
It’s not the first time this new pope has heartened me with his authenticity and his compassion. One of his very first acts was to wash the feet of prisoners, both men and women.
Clearly this is a spiritual–not just a religious–leader who is putting into actions the words of Jesus.
“I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. . . . I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25: 35-36,40. New Living Translation
That gives me hope, which if you’ll pardon me for being silly–but I’m feeling a bit giddy–rhymes with pope, which in the nomenclature of this remarkable servant of God, obviously stands for love.
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