Sep 23, 2015
The warm familial approach of Pope Francis imitates the way Jesus was present to others. The early disciples followed Jesus because he spoke the truth with mercy, a message of compelling beauty. They followed Jesus because he went about performing deeds of mercy while offering a message of compelling beauty. His disciples were willing to die for him and his message.
This week Pope Francis will experience the eagerness of public figures who will jockey with others for a place near him, if only for a few minutes. They will see the greatest moral leader in the world today speak of this world gone mad, engulfed in violence, rancor, and bloodshed. He comes as a missionary of mercy and peace.
The Orchestral Conductor Compared to the Roman Pontiff
A symphony orchestra is made distinctive by its conductor, who, though part of the orchestra, acts primarily as its public face and official spokesperson. As the symbol of the orchestra's structure and stability, conductors lead, direct, govern, and coordinate the orchestra. The conductor functions like a director of traffic and learns the entire map of the musical highway. The orchestra looks to the maestro for direction to make beautiful music.