To choose to listen
The Roman Catholics this week are choosing a pope, to replace the one who traveled the world talking to people.
Perhaps this time they might do well to choose a man who travels the world listening to people.
If there is any meaning at all in the Christian message (and because you are sure to wonder, Does Laurie King see any meaning? and because the answer colors what I have to say here, I will say yes, I find the Christian message at times difficult, but powerful), that meaning and authority must lie in the concept of Jesus of Nazareth as a conduit between humanity and the Divine. Those who pray to Jesus to save them are missing the point, that one can only ask Jesus to listen, and understand, because he too has been here, frightened, in pain, and despairing. This role of divine sympathizer was later largely transferred to Mary’s shoulders, but the essential Christianity has the carpenter’e2’80’99s son in that position.
He preached, he scolded, he raged, but by God he listened. Perhaps the world’e2’80’99s most powerful religion might try a holy man this time, who knows how to listen as well.