Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Bob Dylan Jewish Messiah?
Ron Rosenbaum in The Jewish Review of Books gives it a once over.
An old Times story, Why Pope Tried to Stop Dylan Knockin' On Heaven's Door, plays the cool JPII off against the rigid Ratzinger in recounting Bob Dylan's performance before JPII. JPII's homily is of special interest as he tries to connect with Dylan fans.
He did not sing his 1963 hit Blowin’ in the Wind, but John Paul II – who was known for his showmanship and media skills – showed his familiarity with the song and based his homily on it in an effort to connect with the audience.
“You say the answer is blowing in the wind, my friend,” he said. “So it is: but it is not the wind that blows things away, it is the breath and life of the Holy Spirit, the voice that calls and says, Come!” This brought the house down. The Pope added: “You ask me how many roads a man must walk down before he becomes a man. I answer: there is only one road for man, and it is the road of Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the Way and the Life’.”
at 9:22 PM