Think like Jesus

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Our new Pontiff Pope Francis said “A Christian isn’t a person who simply follows some commandments, but is a person who tries to act, think and love like Christ.”

Our Lord Jesus was a rebel, shattering traditions, thinking outside the box. Jesus loved the poor; the Pharisees and leaders of the church were at the top of society, mingling with the very elite and wealthy. Jesus broke with social and church traditions. In Matthew 15, the Pharisees accuse him and the disciples of breaking the holy tradition of washing the hands. Some of the most obvious breaks of tradition were the manner, frequency and intimate interaction that Jesus practiced with women.

Women during these times were ranked as second-class citizens at best. They had little more rights than cattle. They lacked political rights, and were not considered fit to give testimony.

Jesus taught women; Women were known to follow Jesus in his ministry and serve as a part of his inner circle. These are well documented. In Luke 10: 38-42 he came into the house of Martha and her sister Mary to share his word. Luke 8 tells us of Mary Magdalene; in Mark the impure woman who touched the robes of Christ and was made hole. In John 4; he speaks with the Samarian women at the well, not only a woman but a foreigner as well. Then he goes to her village to teach for two days.

Pope Francis adhered to the tradition of washing the feet of 12 criminals on Good Friday. The media and those who are called traditionalist have complained that he broke with tradition.
Statistically countries that maintain a severe differential in the legal rights between women and men; suffer from political and military instability; high infant mortality rates; poor economic performance; and most are considered to be outside of the modern definition of civilized or advanced countries.

After being accused of breaking traditions Jesus stated:
Matthew 15:10 “Hear, and understand”
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Instead of adding negativity or worrying about the actions of others; I believe I will follow the advice of our Pope and try to think and act more like Jesus. From the press coverage of this event, it seems as if our Pope certainly is.

God Bless us all, Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters most of all.