(This post is on spirituality, so if it’s not your thing…)
Love this guy. As others have stated- watch your back. You’re going up against people whom have lost all sense of God and spirituality — whom enjoy feeling superior to others and take every opportunity to put someone down. And then kick them while they’re down there.
“Even today it can happen that we stand at the crossroads of these two ways of thinking,” the pope said as he outlined the current debate in the church between those seen as doctrinal legalists and those, like Francis, who want a more pastoral approach.
“Jesus responds immediately to the leper’s plea, without waiting to study the situation and all its possible consequences,” Francis declared. “For Jesus, what matters above all is reaching out to save those far off, healing the wounds of the sick, restoring everyone to God’s family. And this is scandalous to some people!”
“Jesus is not afraid of this kind of scandal,” the pontiff continued. “He does not think of the close-minded who are scandalized even by a work of healing, scandalized before any kind of openness, by any action outside of their mental and spiritual boxes, by any caress or sign of tenderness which does not fit into their usual thinking and their ritual purity.”
Word. Jesus threw the bankers out of the Temple, along with the merchants. He made the religious leaders look bad, and for that he paid with his life. He thumbed his nose at them, radical that he was.
There’s quite a debate amongst the commenters. I like the gal that replied she was Buddhist, and even she loves Pope Francis. Ahhh…she recognizes the Light inside him, as Buddhists do. (American Buddhists believe that God resides in all of us, instead of a Supreme Being, they believe that we all have a piece of Divinity within us. When they bow and say “Namaste” they are saying “I recognize God within you.” Amy Tan has said in one of her books that Chinese Buddhists are different than American. They believe in reincarnation in that you come back to “pay” for your sins in a former life. She relates this to American tourists whom objected to an ox being whipped. The Chinese tour guide said that perhaps this ox was a person who did bad things in a previous life.)
Personally, I don’t believe that God (or the Universe) punishes. I think it is something that those who want power use it as a weapon — to say that something bad happening to someone is punishment from God, they can proclaim themselves as superior. It’s a bullying mindset. And dark. And negative. None of those things can come from God, in my opinion.
It also makes the person out to be judge. But only God can do that. It’s really amazing how many people try to put themselves on the level of God — to say who is going to Heaven and who is not.
Anyway, I’m glad the Pope has taken such a strong stance. Truly a spiritual man feeding the Light. ❤