I wonder if you have noticed that Pope Francis and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury have much in common.
I have recently returned from a Christian leadership conference at the Royal Albert Hall London. We had 5,500 Christian leaders gathered for two days from over 60 nations and all the denominations in the world including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Church of England. It was a very exciting two days and made it into the national newspapers.
I especially liked the Telegraphs write up about the Cardinal of Vienna's interview. He said that the Archbishop of Canterbury had a "strange similarity" to the Pope and that the two elections were "a little miracle", "a sign from the Lord".
It seems to me that both men are humble and down to earth and as a result seem very human and like us. They are also great men of prayer and I was both staggered and hugely encouraged to hear that the Archbishop of Canterbury makes time practically every day to pray four times a day. Surely this brings great hope to the church and my prayer is that we will listen to these men of God and consider reordering our lives according to the pattern of their lives.