SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: June 9th, 2013, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A ‘community’ can be two, three or several people!
Mass Readings for this Sunday: Gospel from Luke 7:11-17; Reading from Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 1, verses 11-19. or Click here.
Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends.
Dear Sinead, Mark, and Friends,
Imagine Jesus saying to you right now ‘Young man/ Young woman, I tell you to get up! I want you to be alive again, -‘I have come that you might have life and have it to the full!’ (John 10:10).
The Risen Lord wants every young woman and young man to have LIFE, to be fully alive,- to their fingertips. He doesn’t want us to go through life like the walking dead,- with spirits or hearts that are lifeless, cynical, bored, without purpose. He wants us to have JOY that overflows: ‘I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.’ (John 15:11). We are meant to be radiant, beaming with a joy that lies deep within. And maybe you are the young person (man or woman) in this story today:
“He put his hand out and touched the bier (the stretcher), and he said ‘Young man, I tell you to get up’. And the dead man sat up and began to walk, and Jesus gave him to his mother.” Just change the name, and the story is about you.
Again, change the name in the second reading, where Paul writes to the Galatians about his own conversion to Christ, as a young and passionate Jew: ‘God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me.’ God calls each of us in our mother’s womb, for a purpose in life. What that purpose is remains to be discovered, by a prayerful, reflective relationship with our Creator. Whatever it is, He wants us to ‘have life and have it to the full’.
Is he taking you by the hand, now, in your life? Is he saying ‘I tell you to get up’?
‘THE MISSION OF MY LIFE’ -by John Henry Newman.
Blessed John Henry Newman, who worked in Dublin in trying to set up a Catholic University in the city in the second half of the 1800’s, and who was beatified three years ago in Birmingham by the recent Pope, Pope Benedict, wrote this reflection about ‘The Mission of my life’.
“God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission-I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me-still He knows what He is about.”
Talk this over with a friend, to see what it says to you both. Hope it’s a help.
Fr. Seamus Devitt, Redemptorist. firstname.lastname@example.org