Memorial of Saint John Paul II, pope
...and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church. (Ephesians 2:9-10)
Lord God, Your servant Pope John Paul II wrote and spoke so many important, powerful words that choosing one sentence or phrase cannot do justice to his teaching, service and sanctification of the Church and world. Like Saint Paul, his words were not meant to bring closure to our experience of Your life, but to open new paths of our understanding of the plan of the mystery of Your love for us in Jesus Christ.
Saint John Paul II's once said, "the worst prison would be a closed heart". Open us to the splendor of truth shining forth in all of Your works, and in a special way one another, created in the image and likeness of our Creator. Enlighten our minds and shape our freedom to know and love You.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.