Pope Francis is in Korea at a time when not all is well between the two Koreas. August 15th was Independence Day commemorating the end of colonial rule by the Japanese. We hope the pope's visit will be like a second liberation.These are words of a poet teacher, writing in a diocesan bulletin.
These thoughts bring to mind her
grandchildren. She hadn't seen them for some time and they were now
grown up. She heard them quarreling over what program to watch on TV and
heard her grandson say: "Grandmother said to watch the soccer match."
The granddaughter responded: "Grandmother is on my side." She heard
crying from the sitting room and went to the room: "Grandmother you are
on my side, aren't you?" asked the child running to the grandmother.
"Except for the times you are wrong I am always on your side." She
consoled the two children. "Yes, when wrong, God is not on my side." The
grandmother reminded the children. "I have to be on God's side." These
words she says came to her lips without thought. She always thought
that God was on her side but suddenly she realized that God is truth,
and when she is wrong, God is not on her side.
In sports events on what side will God be is a problem for some. God is for the ones who play fair and square.
pope knows that Korea was exploited under the rule of the Japanese for
36 years. Korea was weak, but we became Catholic without the help of
missioners. The first Protestant missioners came to Korea with the
Gospel of Mark translated into Korean. She is happy with the news that Pope Francis in his visit to Korea, is not differentiating between
Catholic and Protestant.
The Pope today is saying the
Mass for the beatification of 124 martyrs in the center of Seoul, but
that is just one of the stops, today he will also go to the Flower
Village which makes our writer happy. Kkotdongnae, Flower Village, is the
largest Catholic welfare center in Korea. It is not without controversy
both from within and outside the church, but Pope Francis was not
interested, and in his manner of acting wants to show solidarity with
those who are weak in our society.
She confesses that in
reading the Gospels, and in the passages where Jesus showed partiality
to Peter, James and John she was not happy. Recently, however, this has
all changed. She feels these disciples are the ones that needed more
formation for their work.
This is the reason for
Pope Francis' visit to the Flower Village. He is showing concern and
love for those often ignored by our society and wants to be with
them. This is the lesson she
has learned from the visit of the pope to Korea.