Day of Atonement

For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.
Leviticus 16:30 NKJV

Praise God for Jesus who is our great high priest and has cleansed us from all of our sins!

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14‭-‬16 NKJV

The pope visits the White House

Did you watch the pope’s speech given at the White House this morning?

I did and here are my notes:

  1. No mention of today being the Day of Atonement. No mention of sin or the need for repentance. No mention of Jesus, really.
  2. His two points were on immigration and climate change. Since the earth is our common home, we need to be good stewards of the environment and open our hearts and homes to immigrants.
  3. When asked to choose one word to describe the pope, people in the crowd answered “love”. He was also referred to as being “like Jesus”.
  4. A commentator took note we were witnessing the collaboration of two great world leaders : one spiritual, one political.

I seriously don’t think I need to add my personal commentary here. I’ll refer you instead to the following article:

And to the video of the speeches by POTUS and pope.