Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Saint John XXIII

On Christmas Day in 1958 very early in his papacy, Pope Saint John XXIII visited Queen of Heaven Prison in Rome. We love to remember his most kind words to the inmates who had gathered to see him that day - “You could not come to me, so I came to you.”

Perhaps Jesus says something similar to us in his Incarnation.  “You could not come to me, so I came to you.” As we celebrate Saint John XXIII today, may we, who are often prisoners of our own foolishness and sinfulness, welcome the Lord who is with us, always closer to us than we realize.