Carrying His Own Bag

A clergy friend of mine happened by coincidence to be in Rome this month, attending a conference. An even greater coincidence had him staying at the same clerical residence where the new Pope was residing before he was elected. My friend was able to shake Francis’ hand when he left the residence to assume his new duties.

As the Pope departed, many observers noted that he carried his own bag. Commentators rightly noted that this reflected a humility not always evident in the highest prelates of the Church.

Whatever Francis does or says in the years ahead, we may hope that his gesture won’t be forgotten. And as Easter approaches, may we all carry our own baggage of sin to the Cross, and may we all accept the gift of new life in our Risen Savior. —J. Douglas Ousley


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