During the week in one of the texts of the daily Mass we were
reminded of the promise of the Lord "I am with you always
to the end of time". It was then that I remembered that
the man we were mourning was none other than one who had been
chosen to be Christ's Vicar, or representative on earth. Christ
knew He was to leave us bodily and go back to the Father. He
He had chosen Peter "on this rock I will build my Church
and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." He
gave Peter the keys and He told him that He had prayed for him
that his faith fail not, ....so that he could strengthen his
brothers and sisters.
There is no mere human explanation for the events we have witnessed
this past week ; 200 world leaders leaving the affairs of state
to come together in Rome to pay tribute to a man they admired,
who had inspired men and women from every nation. Many of these
differed from him in so many ways. Yet he awakened in them an
admiration for all that is basically good and true in every
How extraordinary that he was able to reach out to so many of
his fellow human beings! Christ told Pontius Pilate that He
had come to bear witness to the truth - the truth that would
make men free. Through his Vicar on earth He would again condemn
all that debased the God-given dignity of the human person.
Christ was a man of suffering; so was John Paul in full measure.
What an example and inspiration he was for so many who share
that same cross with Christ. The ease with which he faced death;
it was for him a natural transition from a life lived in and
with Christ here to the meeting with the One whom he had so
The name of God in a book is just that; alive in a person who
walks with Him it is inspirational. Christ wants to live in
each of us too to make this world a better place because we
have lived. Pope John Paul's body may await the Resurrection
in the soil of St. Peter's in Rome; but his lives to inspire
and change people for the better for many days and years to
come. We give thanks to God for such a marvellous light to mankind
when days were dark.
May God richly reward a truly faithful servant.