In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and will commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. ~Isaiah 22:20-22
The future starts today, not tomorrow. ~Pope John Paul II
Something that was not suppose to happen and hasn’t since 1415, was announced a couple of weeks ago. Today, on February 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm Rome time, will conclude Pope Benedict XVI’s position as our beloved holy leader. Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope, announced his resignation from the papacy. Was it a shock? Heck yes! Not just for me and the 1.18 billion Catholics around the world, but for most of the global population. Besides being our spiritual leader, he is also a direct link to Saint Peter and the position that was appointed to him by Jesus.
Just to get the record straight, the Pope is an 85-years-old man, he is not God and he is not regarded as such. He is not prayed to, but prayed for, to ensure he makes the right decisions and leads us in the Lord’s spiritual light. Our apostolic successor should be respected and elevated for his accomplishments, especially as the chosen spiritual mediator and leader from our Divine. Pope Benedict and all chosen for that position obtain a great deal of responsibility being the Pope and leader of the Catholic church, not the mention the Sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Naturally, there are many rumors flying around as to the reason for the Pope’s step down in office as well as many opinions as to what he should be doing or is suppose to do. What everyone needs to keep in mind, is that God himself placed the Pope for that position and the ultimate decision is between him and God alone. God works in mysterious ways and He always knows what’s best for us, so I trust him wholeheartedly and I have faith in those candidates He gave to fulfill this position.
In my lifetime, thus far I have experience the former Pope John Paul I, who tragically ruled for only 33 days in 1978. Being a very little tyke at the time, I have no recollection of that time. Then, to replace him with the truly spiritual and good Pope John Paul II, who is in the process of being canonized. Sometimes I believe that God blesses some with a second helping of grace and knowledge and goodness, just like he did Eliseus. Now to the present Pope Benedict XVI who was elected in April 19, 2005.
Whatever Pope Benedicts XVI’s reasons for retiring and stepping down are truly between him and our Father. May God bless him and our new Pope!