But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Philadelphia has gone to the extremes in the past few months in preparation for Pope Francis.
The city and the organizing catholic leadership and committee overseeing Pope Francis two-day visit to the city who likes to believe that they are, “the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection,” yet, they seem not to have lived up to this phrase, at least for its own citizens.
Just ask the homeless population about how they feel about the pope who cares for the poor and homeless but they are made to disappear in order to have the streets of Philly look pristine.
Those living in Philly will attest that their lives have been uprooted and turn inside out for politics and profits and this has nothing at all to do with the tenets of which Jesus taught.
But the arrival of Pope Francis to America is really all about two major entities; Politics and Profits.
The Pope might have the poor and immigrants in his heart to serve, care and speak out for, however, his message apparently isn’t being heard because politics and profits are the landscape of America.
This morning Pope Francis spoke before the House of Congress and then he ate lunch with 300 homeless people who are helped by D.C. Catholic Charities.
This act, of wanting to be among the downtrodden but not the forgotten actually brings about what humanity should look like regardless of one’s status in society.
Jesus spent His time among the ones who “needed” and “wanted” Him and He wasn’t looking for accolades or a special offering.
Politics and profits go hand in hand in America.
So does poverty, too.
As long as there are the indigent among us, politicians will find a way to profit from their plight by using them to trounce on (because they are not taxpayers) or tickle them with false hope (subsidized programs).
While Pope Francis is making his rounds in these United States, he will only get a polish version of what the politicians and profiteers want him to see.
Nonetheless, I suspect that Pope Francis isn’t an elderly, gullible man.
From what I am viewing and hearing, he is a man after God’s own heart.
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