Monday, January 27, 2014

Doves released in St. Peter's Square attacked

Yesterday, during his Sunday appearance in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis had two children release two white doves. Sadly, right after their release, the doves were attacked by a seagull and a crow. One of the doves managed to escape, but the other one was attacked quite viciously. Somehow, I sense there is a parable in this.

This put me mind of one of Jesus' more opaque sayings:
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear (Matt 11:12-15)

It bears noting that in his weekly Sunday address, the Holy Father had been appealing for peace in Ukraine, where at least one protestor, twenty-five year-old Mikhail Zhiznevsky,has been killed.

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