Saturday, April 02, 2005

This Historic Moment of Faith

The final gift of John Paul II is now everywhere on TV, radio, newspapers, and the internet. It is simply the most global, powerful catechesis ever proclaimed, probably since apostolic times. He is offering his suffering and death, in the most public and accessible manner, as a final word from his life long ministry of evangelization. The millions upon millions of people keeping vigil in every part of this vast world are surely caught up in this very different vision of life and now of dying. Even the TV screens, which so often purvey violence and human degradation, are now in the service of his compelling gospel witness. We all watch now, knowing as if by some basic instinct that this is the way to live and the way to die. No one has ever reached this level and scope of gospel proclamation. As I watch this Saturday morning, I have the conviction that everything else in the world has been muted and pushed aside as we contemplate what stuff we are marvelously made of, how we are made in the image of God and have been redeemed in Christ, and how one of us has lived this out in all its fullness, even now to the moments of his dying. Praised be Jesus Christ.