“Who am I to pray for the Pope?” (John Boehner)
“Who am I to judge?” (Pope Francis)
So just who are you?
I know who I no longer am. I’m no longer the person of my past. That person fortunately can’t live here in the present moment. That person is no longer in existence.
That thought makes me rejoice. (I did some crazy stuff way back when!)
Who among us can look in the rearview mirror of life and not have any regrets?
Regrets because we believed that we were trapped, we felt afraid; we became too stubborn to change, we liked being comfortable versus doing what was right. I made and still make a lot of bad choices, so I’m grateful for second chances, new beginnings.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”
This verse makes me ask a different question. Not “Who am I?” but “Who am I in Christ?”
In Christ, I become different in a new way, a better way, the old me has been washed away with my sins.
Pope Francis has asked us all to pray for him—from young school children to high-ranking Government Officials. We all got our homework assignment from Pope Francis. PRAY.
As I get down to the business of praying for the Pope, I also pray for others and myself and our earth . . . and soon enough it starts to sink in, this act of praying, and before long, I too stir up emotions deep within that asks: “Who am I to judge?”
Find Jesus—let Him recreate a new you.
The old has gone, the new is here!
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