Dispatches from Europe #2 (UK)

The second post in a series of reflections on travel to the UK and Paris by Michael Wear

What Jesus told God the Father about Good Friday

Every Good Friday, I read John 17, in particular. It is a rare window into a conversation between Jesus and His Father, a moment of great vulnerability and strength, where we learn from Jesus why he is heading to the Golgotha. 

The entire chapter is below. I hope you will read it, and not be troubled. He was glorified, and He reigns in glory today.

Pope Francis, President Obama and Christian Political Engagement

Pope Francis, President Obama and Christian Political Engagement

Today's meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama was fascinating and elucidating. I wrote for The Atlantic in advance of the meeting, that we should look beyond policy pronouncements to the "deeper things" for the meaning of this meeting. I think this proved true.

It's also been stunning to see media reaction to the meeting. Some are asking if just by merely meeting with Pope Francis, the President's poll numbers will go up. Others are expressing either dismay or surprise that the Pope didn't subject the President to a diatribe on abortion.

Here are my takeaways from the meeting: