Between you and me I am a fan of Pope Francis!
Look. I’m not Catholic. I’ve never been Catholic. I don’t plan on ever becoming Catholic. I’m just a plain ol’ simple non-hyphenated Christian learning to follow Jesus. So while I am not a Catholic I am a fan of Pope Francis. I’ll tell you why.
3 Stories That Illustrate Why I Am A Fan Of Pope Francis
Number 1. From the Catholic News Agency dated March 21, 2013
Five days after his election last March, Francis surprised the owner of a newspaper kiosk in Argentina with a phone call –
“Hi Daniel, it’s Cardinal Jorge.”
He went on to explain that he’ll no longer need the paper delivered each morning. Daniel, the kiosk owner’s son would not believe that it was the pope calling.
“Seriously. It’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome.”
Daniel breaks down into tears. I’m mean, come on. This is a good Catholic boy who is talking on the phone with the pope! You would cry under these circumstances too. Francis asked Daniel to pray for him.
Number 2. From the BBC dated March 26, 2013
Francis is taken to the grand papal apartment that has been occupied by every pope since Pius X. It has more than a dozen rooms; staff quarters; a terrace; and extensive views over the city of Rome. Francis stood in the dark while somebody felt around for the light switch. When the lights came on Francis looked around and said “there’s room for 300 people here. I don’t need all this space.” He returned to his two-room apartment.
I love this guy! I’m a fan of Pope Francis.
Number 3. From the Washington Post dated July 22, 2013
Pope Francis, on his way to a week-long tour of Brazil, including taking part in World Youth Day, was seen carrying his own bag onto the plane. For some reason – I don’t know, could it be that he is the president of an organization with over a billion members? – this raised eyebrows. The pope doesn’t carry his own bag! This pope does. It is said that he was simultaneously demonstrating humility and signaling to other Vatican officials that they could stand to behave less like royalty and more like priests.
Sidebar: According to the New Testament all believers are priests (I Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6, 5:10, 20:9).
Back to the bag. What was in it? During the 80 minute, 21-question interview aboard the plane he was asked that very question. His answer:
A razor, a book, the travel agenda… just stuff. “I always carry it,” he said.
For I Am Meek And Lowly In Heart
Of course Jesus is the ultimate example of humility – of being meek and lowly. And I don’t have the time to recount Jesus telling the scribe that “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” in Matthew chapter 8
Or to remind you of Jesus stripping off His outer garments and tying a towel around his waist and getting down on His hands and knees and washing His disciples’ dirty, dusty feet; wiping them with the towel that He tied around Himself – as told in John chapter 13.
Nor do I have time to recall what Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians in chapter 2, saying that Jesus “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant… he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Or how about 500 years prior Zechariah, in chapter 9 of his book, prophesied about Jesus saying,
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey
No, there isn’t enough time. Because in the few seconds that remain I want to remind you of the time in Matthew chapter 20 when the mother of two of His disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to say that her two sons, James and John, would sit one on His right hand and one on His left when He came into His kingdom. Jesus replied “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant… for the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
In chapter 12 of his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.”
Yes. I am a fan of pope Francis because he is showing me a glimpse of what a servant’s heart looks like. And what Jesus means when He says “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example”
Question: Are you a fan of Pope Francis too? Let us know why in the comments below.
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