3rd Sunday of Year A

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 9:13 mins

"This warning not to empty the power of the Cross was the title of the 3rd and final part of the most important document Pope John Paul II ever wrote on the moral life. That document was called 'Veritatis Splendor' (The Splendour of Truth) and Pope John Paul II witnessed to that truth by becoming a kind of icon of the Cross in the last days of his life. His body was crucified by suffering and disability, the lingering effects of an assasination attempt and Parkinson's disease. In the words of that chilling phrase, heard ever more frequently in today's society, the last days of the earthly life of the Holy Father might have been considered a 'life not worth living'. Yet the evidence for the supernatural power of his last days were shown especially in the signs that followed his death. In a great outpouring of grief over 5 million people came to Rome to pay their last respects in person, and his funeral was watched on television by over 2 billion people. Rather than being a life that was 'not worth living' the last days of Pope John Paul II were marked by miraculous and very visible fruits in this world. Yet Pope John Paul II was clearly suffering intensely during his last years and this fact draws attention to a long-standing problem. This problem often takes the form of a popular question: "Why do bad things happen to good people if there is a good God?""

Today's Readings: 2nd Reading - 1 Cor 1: 10-13, 17 - For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power."

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