This post was originally published at my personal blog, There Will Be Bread.
Pope Francis continues to amaze us, but I believe him to be a dangerous man. Many people, myself included, can’t quite take it all in. Is this for real? God forgive my doubt, but a part of me keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop… and I pray that it is not a red shoe. How I prefer his worn, black shoes; the shoes of a man who has actually walked.
He is a dangerous man, but I will get to that in a few minutes. This dangerous man has captured my heart indeed.
Today I walked my dog, praying this over and over in my head and heart, “Lord, I believe. Help my disbelief!” This is a twist on the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9, verses 23 and 24, which say:
Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
Faith. Belief. Such things do not come easily or cheaply. Oh, trust me – I do believe. But sometimes it is hard to truly, deeply believe. Like right now. It is eerily like falling in love; it feels great, but you know you will get hurt at some point.
That is when it hit me – we have to put our hearts out. We have to take the risk. That is what faith and belief demand from us. That is what Jesus asks of us, all the time.
Back to Pope Francis. Today he gave an audience to the media, in which he said and did really amazing things.
Lord, I believe. Help my disbelief.
Here is a snippet of video in which we hear the Holy Father speak about how and why he chose his name.
He is a dangerous man, indeed. And for that I am grateful. If Satan is the divider, Satan has had a great, great run. So how then is Pope Francis a dangerous man?
What could possibly be more dangerous than to have the Bishop of Rome who might unite us? Very little, if you ask me. And that is an amazing thing.
How we all like to run off to our little groups, like a bunch of bitter Pharisees plotting, sneering at “the other,” and trying to exclude. And how this Holy Father might be more like Jesus, kindly finding ways to speak to all of us.
Lord, I believe. Help my disbelief. Stay dangerous, unite us – please.