John Paul II
Romans 7: 18-25. Teach me your laws, O Lord – Psalm 118 (119): 66, 68, 76-77, 93-94. Luke 12: 54-59.
Don’t you know how to interpret these times?
“You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and heaven, but why don’t you know how to interpret the present? ‘ This stinging criticism of the Lord may have been directed at the crowd in Jesus’ day, but it could also be directed at us. The present demands interpretation. Pope John XXIII interpreted his time and convened the Second Vatican Council. Today’s readings hardly reflect the life of Saint John Paul II, whose feast is today. It is the anniversary of the day he died 15 years after the death of John XXIII. John Paul II interpreted his time and fought against the totalitarianism of his native Poland by effectively bringing down the Iron Curtain. He saw the need to reach the youth and World Youth Days began. He had rock star status and traveled to more than 120 countries as Pope. But how do we interpret this present?
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