Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. (John 14:1)
On This Date…
On May 18, 1920, Karol Józef Wojtyla, now Saint John Paul II, was born in Poland. Birthdays are a special occasion. After John Paul II was elected pope in 1978, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over the age of 80, and thus unable to vote in a papal election, to join him for lunch on his birthday. He wanted to get their thoughts on the needs of the church, and also to show his appreciation for their wisdom and insights.
In his first homily as pope, Saint John Paul II said:
Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.
Non abbiate paura! Aprite, anzi, spalancate le porte a Cristo!
That is the same message Jesus offers in today’s Gospel from John: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me,” – a great birthday greeting.
– Father McLaughlin