We Have Never Seen Anything Like This!
Back in Rome, as he is being driven to St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis creates yet another sensation by stopping to bless a disabled man. He plans to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass at a juvenile detention center. The newest pontiff continues to surprise people, just as Christ did.
In the gospel accounts, the words “astonish” and “amaze” are frequently used to describe the reactions to Jesus’ words and actions. After Jesus cured a paralytic in Capernaum, the people “were all astounded and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’” (Mark 2:12)
Perhaps Cardinal Timothy Dolan said it best when referring to the mission of the conclave who elected Pope Francis, “You look for a man who reminds you of Jesus.”