Posts Tagged 'Pope John Paul II'

Hearing the Voice of God

“Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of our souls, you who know Your sheep and know how to reach man’s heart…Stir the hearts of those young people who would follow you, but who cannot overcome doubts and fears, and who in the end follow other voices and other paths which lead nowhere. You who are the Word of the Father, the Word which creates and saves, the Word which enlightens and sustains indecisive hearts. Arouse in those whom you call the courage of love’s answer: ‘Here I am, send me!'” (the late Pope John Paul II)


“Do Whatever He Tells You”

The late Pope John Paul II, in a homily to seminarians said, “By reason of our very baptism in Christ, we are called by the Father to holiness, as St. Paul reminds us in the reading this afternoon, “Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love” (Eph. 1:4). These words take on new intensity for us here. To live as adopted sons means even more to us when we relfect that we are identified with Jesus, the only Son, in His role as High Priest, constituted as such at the moment of His Incarnation in the womb of the Virgin Mary…She is close to all those who share the priesthood of her Son. [At the wedding in Cana] she breaks the silence that generally surrounds her in order to give these words of counsel: “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2:5). The gospel relates how in fidelity to Mary’s suggestion and in obedience to Christ’s words there were undreamt of results. Jesus performed the “first sign” of His Gospel ministry.

“Today Mary is still saying: “Do whatever he tells you.” And through fidelity to her and in obedience to Jesus, we are sure that we shall continue to have results. We believe that Jesus will perform other “signs” of His power and love, to meet the needs of His Church, in spite of the inadequacies of His servants.” (January 30, 1982)

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