Catechesis 4 - Part 1: A look at our reality

He proclaimed the Reign of God: his teaching and his works

By Carmen F. Aguinaco

I imagine you, like many others, have envisioned yourself as a hero. But perhaps then you decided it was an impossible dream. Someone said recently that being a hero was not so much a matter of fate as a personal option.

We feel called to do great things, to do something good with our lives. As we grow up and mature, we realize that there is something greater than us, which motivates us to live, work, make plans. We need to do something worthwhile. But sometimes we feel divided within: we want to reach our highest dreams and at the same time, we feel our limitations. Yet we always, always feel the thirst for more.

Where to find that “more”?

Jesus was a hero by personal choice. In other words, by his obedience to the Father to come to this world to save and bring the Good News. He is also a hero because accepting death is not easily improvised. The Good News of salvation is Jesus himself.

“He came to Nazareth, where he had been raised. As was custom, he entered the synagogue on a Sabbath and stood up to do the reading. They gave him the scroll with the Book of Isaiah and he found the passage where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to announce the Good News to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim liberation to the captives, and to give sight to the blind. To free the oppressed and to proclaim a year of grace of our Lord.”

What must be done?
If Christianity, as it is said often, is a person and not a doctrine, everything starts by knowing Him. Knowledge opens the way in the heart to everything else. To know Jesus means to love him and to follow him. That is why it is important to meditate on the life of Jesus, to drink up to the least detail with the light and depth that the Spirit gives us. You cannot love what you don’t know. And what you don’t love, you don’t seek or enjoy.

For reflection
How do you see yourself? How do you think you could become a hero? What is heroism about? How well do you know Jesus’ life? In what ways do you consider that life is heroic? What aspects of it could you imitate in your own life?

Contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation, we will know that God calls discretely at our door, asking for help to free the persons in order to devote themselves to him and love him. What are you seeking at the moment? What would you like to know about Jesus? In what ways can we, in the youth group, help each other find Jesus among us?   


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