Yesterday’s announcement from the Vatican that, “The king of Jordan plans to break protocol this Friday when he receives Benedict XVI [..] on the Pope’s upcoming weeklong Holy Land pilgrimage.” (ZENIT) is a hopeful sign as Pope Benedict prepares for his Holy Land pilgrimage.
While the news media headlines may read: Muslims Cool to Pope’s Visit, the smallest steps toward understanding and respecting other faith communities will ultimately make the difference. Grand overtures are not the stuff that true change stems from, but rather incremental, often unnoticed getures.
The world abounds with naysayers… but the Holy Spirit is always at work. Today’s Mass readings from this 4th Wednesday in Easter points toward the key:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.” [Acts 13:2]
Tearing down the walls of mistrust among the world’s faith communities requires an openness to the Spirit… if only we pause, prepare and listen.