Book of Wisdom 2:1,12-22 Reflection:
If you read this piece of scripture and see it in the light of the attack on Jesus and on all the good men of this world then you shall have pretty clear idea of what is going on and what motivates the media attacks.
What they say about the just man is insightful:
"since he annoys us and opposes our way of life.....Before us he stands, a reproof to our way of thinking, the very sight of him weighs our spirits down....In his opinion we are counterfeit, he holds aloof from our doings as though from filth."
Then the author of Wisdom explains, "This is the way they reason, but they are misled, their malice makes them blind."
The new pope, a humble upright man, shall drive the secularists mad. They shall see a humble world leader who is a reproach to their way of life.
The world knows it is in sin because the natural law is written on every heart. That is why Jesus was hated, the church is hated and the new pope shall be hated by the world.
Jesus told us this would happen. We should not be surprised. Before we criticize or find fault with others, we should stop and ask ourself what is our motive. Are we wanting to force an issue through, are we jealous or envious of him/her?
As the Book of Wisdom tells us 'malice makes them blind'. During this time of Lent, take time to pray as the Psalms do by asking God 'from hidden faults acquit me' (Psalm 19:12).