Picking the next Pope must be hard. I mean, I would never be involved (mainly because I am not Catholic and I am a woman), but I imagine it to be a series of talks over meals, and surely hope it involves times of prayer.
But, for some odd reason, I had an overwhelming feeling of something (currently, this feeling is unable to be named) as I watched what seemed like the world wait on the next man, dressed in white, come out onto a balcony. It wasn’t an excitement that I felt, but a sadness as I watched these poor old ladies, and all the generations behind them, weep.
I think we are all still looking for a leader; the one who will swoop in and promise that it is again all right. I’ve written about this before when I wrote about Casey Anthony, and how we are in that subconscious, yet constant, search for our hero.
And there is a large portion of our country that find that hero in a Pope – because he’s tangible and he’s here. On some level, it’s not hard to blame them. As Christian’s we can easily pin our hero as the celebrity Pastor. It’s easy to do.
So with all the mess with these recent events of waiting on a Pope, I was reminded of the importance to draw close to Jesus. It is in the comfort, peace and joy that I find from this Hope that isn’t even tangible that makes it all the more believable for me. How at one point, He was nailed to a cross and was taken away, only to be resurrected with the same power that is within me now (Romans 8:11). It’s unbelievable on so many levels with those outside of Jesus, but it’s more real that I can even begin to explain.
In ending, I think the feeling that I feel is a burden. It is a burden that wants to cry out how yes, Popes and Pastors and spiritual leaders are a great thing. Most have been put into place by a good God with good intentions (Ephesians 4:11).
But it is of dire importance that we remember to always point to the Cross; where He went before every high ruler, with every high power within Him and died, leaving behind His spirit to do His works.
And when we do this, we should hold a realistic hope of our Pastors and/or Pope. A hope that they are pointing to the Cross with us, and discerning with the Spirit in His works.