Many are asking about the kind of changes that he might make in terms of several hot button issues. As understandable as that is I have always felt that a change in the way of doing business in the Church must precede any other change and I believe that this is what we will see with Pope Francis. His humility and simplicity are already rubbing off on those around him, and in my case are causing me to have a good look at my own life in terms of these qualities and I hope that we might all do that and not just point to the hierarchy and their need for reform, which is certainly there as well.
|The Adulterous woman and Jesus|
What is Jesus doing? Several things. First, he is showing that sin is overcome foremost by forgiveness, not punishment, not by throwing stones. Second, he is confronting the crowd and us to look at our own sins. Third, while we may be afraid that He will turn and throw stones at us, He forgives us as well.
And what does this have to do with Pope Francis. Besides the humility and simplicity that he shows I think he is asking us to stop throwing stones at each other and to work together as one. That was the tone of his opening remarks from the balcony--"Bishop and people together." We have our differences indeed, and they must be dealt with, but not by name-calling and rancor, but by walking together in the footsteps of Jesus.