Feed my sheep
16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Matthew 21:15-17
My regular blog friends may be wondering why I am posting after indicating that IÂll be awayforr a few days. Well guys, I didn't want the occasion of the passing of Pope John Paul II to pass quietly on this blog! So I just wanted to pay tribute to a great man, chosen by God to guard His flock.
Pope John Paul II inspires so many wonderful feelings of respect, awe and love in me. He, like my Coptic Orthodox pope Shenouda III, has placed great importance on the
youth of the church. Pope John Paul also worked hard towards church unity, something so close to the hearts of many Christians around the world. Not to mention his compassion for the poor and oppressed, and his affirmation of church doctrine.
But the one thing that clearly showed the world how the love of Jesus Christ can elevate us to higher spiritual grounds, was His HolinessÂ forgiveness to the man who shot him. In my humble opinion, that single event demonstrated more than words can say, that it is indeed possible to live by GodÂs commandments no matter the time or place we live inÂ or who we are or who we live amongst.
So, while time may pass, Your Holiness will always be in the thoughts and prayers of those you shepherdedÂ whether Catholics or not. Thank you for setting a fine example of what it takes to guard GodÂs sheep. Thank you for showing the world what it means to live Christianity, not just to be Christian.