When I was in Rome two years ago via The Rome Experience, I visited the body of Pope John XXIII and prayed at his tomb many times during my weeks in the Eternal City.
And in my lifetime, the first pope I have come to know and love is Pope John Paul II. Here’s a personal picture I have of him which carries many sentimental memories for me! Click here to read a short post of my visits with him in Rome.
These two great Christians, call to mind the opening statement in this Sunday’s First Reading:
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
All throughout our 2,000 year Tradition, the faith has been handed down by the apostles. This Sunday, we will hear of how doubting Thomas comes to believe in the Risen Lord because he touched his wounded side.
Often times, we have to touch the wounded side of Christ in order to believe! We have to be where God’s people suffer. To be in solidarity with them and to know that Christ loves them. Those who have been great examples of this outreach are these two popes who on Sunday will be declared saints in the Church.
The whole world will have its eyes on the Eternal City! Don’t miss it.
On the life & legacy of Pope John XXIII:
On the life & legacy of Pope John Paul II: