SOUL FOOD for Young Adult Communities: August 11 2013: Nineteenth Sunday in
Ordinary Time. Letter to Sinead, Mark and Friends,- young adults searching together for life. (This week’s letter is written by Sarah Kelly, a young adult in her twenties. Thanks, Sarah!) Gospel: Luke 12:32-48. Find it in your own Bible or missal.
Dear Friends. In today’s Gospel, Jesus begins by assuring us that, “There is no need to be afraid”. But it is something which so easily befalls us, his “little flock”. This message is very much meant for us, his disciples in 2013. It may seem like there is trouble and strife at every single corner, or you may be just having a bad day, but at the heart of it all is Jesus, who cares so deeply about you. He tells you to not be afraid, and He cradles you in His loving arms with such joy, that He cannot bare to let you go, but He must. Be assured that you live in His light. Even when you feel the trials and disappointments of this life are only chains around your heels, know this, that Jesus has been through this way, and He is still very much here. Today’s Gospel informs us that we do not know the hour when the Lord shall return, but that is the power of His mystery. Amidst this unknowing, He first entered into our world. Even then, he was not a stranger to sorrow and suffering. Our Lord departed this earth in the most excruciating manner. Nothing of his sojourn on earth was easy or comfortable. In one of her visions, Our Lady told St. Bernadette of Lourdes that “I cannot promise to make you happy in this life, but in the next”. Now, this does not mean we are to sit back and wait for God to come, but rather be busy with the tasks, how ever small, that He has entrusted to you. You may recall a couple of weeks ago I told you about Cardinal Newman? He meditates that ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service’, and how ‘this particular service He has not entrusted to another’. This is very true. In spite of all the doom and gloom my friends, and obstacles at every turn, God can lift these high above us, and transform them into something great. Interestingly, Jesus talks about treasure and like
that of pirates of lore, it is often buried treasure we are seeking. We have the map, and the ‘X’ marks the spot, but our ‘X’ looks more like a cross ‘+‘ and it is stamped over our hearts, because that is where our real treasure lies. That is where Jesus is. We spend so much time concentrating on the map, and searching outside of ourselves. We quite often exhaust and annoy ourselves in the pursuit of what will fulfil us, and there it is, buried within. St. Catherine of Genoa once said, that “my
deepest me is God”. Therefore, where your treasure is, your heart, there you will find God. So, dear friends. Look inside you to find the treasure.
P.S. from Fr. Seamus: got the POPE APP today for iphone! Great stuff! Lots of the things that Francis said to the young people in Rio! Tell your friends.