I can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It’s really a time for us to be thankful for what we have. Now, yesterday I received the latest Time magazine, which featured Time’s top 100 people, the #1 person being Pope Francis aka Jorge Bergoglio. For those of you who have no clue who Pope Francis is, he’s the leader of the largest institution in the world, the Catholic church (With 1.2billion members worldwide), an extremely powerful position, yet he’s incredibly kind and humble. For example, he embraced a severly disabled man, washed the feet of Muslim women and juveniles, prefers an old truck instead of a fancy limo, and is someone who actually shows that he cares for the poor and oppressed. Francis is a symbol of hope for the Catholic Church, which over the years, has been corrupted with debate over gay marriage, the controversy on sexual abuse, and failing in its duty to truly dedicate itself to the healing of people, instead, injuring them. In a Tale of Two Cities, the clergy is even worse, controlling 10% of France’s land, about 50% of its wealth, and the churches are full of riches such as gold and silver. In addition, the church heavily taxes the third estate, or the poor, so they could live luxuriously while the peasants starved. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen anymore today.
But not only is Francis a model for the Catholic Church, but a model to us all. In our society, greed, dishonesty, and horrible crimes are the norm. We indulge ourselves to the greatest extent by feeding our minds off the scandals of Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber. We obsess over a selfie of world leaders at the funeral of Nelson Mandela rather than mourn his passing and remember the great things he had done during his life. We notice in the news if the stock markets down two points but not if a homeless man had died on the streets from cold and hunger. We live in a world for entertainment, power, and the pursuit of money because society has taught us to be greedy, and to worship the god Want. This teachings tell us to rely on only momentary happiness, to yearn for money, a huge mansion, an expensive car, etc. But these things are only momentary- they only last so long until you want something else. But kindness, loyalty, and humility? Those last for eternity. Even something so small such as the gift of a smile, does not have an expiration date.