Friday 22 October 2021

About Today Readings

St 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.

Do you not know how to interpret these times?

‘You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?’ This stinging criticism of the Lord may have been directed to the crowds in Jesus’ time, but it could be directed to us. The present time demands interpretation. Pope St John XXIII interpreted his time and called the Second Vatican Council. Today’s readings hardly reflect the life of St John Paul II whose feast is today. It is the anniversary of the day he became Pope 15 years after the death of John XXIII. John Paul II interpreted his time and fought against the totalitarianism of his native Poland, effectively bringing down the Iron Curtain. He saw a need to reach out to youth and World Youth Days began. He had rock star status and journeyed to more than 120 countries as Pope. But how do we interpret this present time?

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