He’s been in office less than a year. But he hasn’t wasted any time attracting attention, ironically, through a demeanor that oozes humility. The attention he has garnered has been just what the papacy and the church needs, even if there are critics who don’t want the kind of attention he is attracting.
But clearly, Francis is winning over the world. I’m not even Catholic, and I think the guy is amazing.
The Pope has been the most talked about person on Facebook and other social media this year. TIME magazine’s choice doesn’t crown a person of the year, so much as it acknowledges what everyone already knows.
Now we are coming up on a new year, which is the perfect time to make a resolution.
What if I resolved that next year, I was going to be Person of the Year?
The funny thing about being a Person of the Year is that some people try to be Person of the Year. And others don’t. Francis knocked out other contenders (and rightfully so) who spent the year grabbing the spotlight and molesting our collective conscience for their own egos. (I’m looking at you, Miley.)
Francis is one of the best Persons of the Year precisely because he didn’t try to show us how humble he is from the most public office in the whole of Christendom. Rather, he spent the year shining the spotlight on everyone else and the issues that need light shown on them.
Francis became Person of the Year to the world by being Person of the Year to one person at a time. He was Person of the Year to some female inmates. He was person of the year to some unknown Catholic divorcee who is barred from participating in communion. He was Person of the Year to an unknown person who is wrestling with their faith and their homosexuality. He was person of the year to an exploited woman on the streets.
You get to be Person of the Year to the world by being Person of the Year to one person at a time.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to be Person of the Year. I’m going to make some significant difference in one person’s life in the coming year. And then I’ll make a difference in another person’s life.
I probably won’t get an award or any recognition. I won’t be TIME’s Person of the Year.
But that’s okay.
I just want to be someone’s Person of the Year.
Because being a real Person of the Year is about noticing all the other people out there.