Catechesis 3: Born of the Virgin Mary: true God and true man

How can I know Jesus?

Song: Teach me your ways, o, Lord.

Questions, questions, questions:
Why is there evil in the world? How can I be happy? What could free me from my bad habits? Where will I find a true friend? Who could understand and accept me totally and unconditionally? We ask ourselves these kinds of questions and sometimes we don´t find an answer or a way. Where could we look?

Here is the answer: The answer of God is a person with a name: Jesus. This is why the issue is to know and love Jesus. God has not wanted to answer us giving us some doctrinal principles, or teaching us a moral way. Pope Benedict XVI expresses this truth very clearly in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est: “You don´t start being a Christian because of an ethical decision or a great idea, but because of the encounter with a person who gives a new vision to life and with that, a decisive orientation (1).

That is why, the first task of life is friendship with Jesus, knowing and loving him. To live with Jesus is the way for our heart to quench its thirst permanently. Christ is the answer. He has given himself to us so that our heart may be satisfied, so that we can be happy. When we make friends with someone, we gradually come to know his or her life, family, tastes and dislikes. The same thing happens with friendship with Christ which means knowing him better and better so that we can follow him.

The Word became flesh: How can I know Jesus? The letter to the Hebrews says: “In many ways God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; when the time was fulfilled, he has spoken to us through his Son.” (Heb 1:1-2)

The Word became flesh and put his tent among us and we have seen his glory, received from the Father as the Only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1)

These texts speak to us about a wonderful and awesome fact: God has been born. God wanted to become human so he could be seen, heard, and touched and to be the savior of the people. This is an extraordinary and amazing fact because it implies an abasement
of God to be with us.

God counts on you: God counted on Mary´s yes to be able to come to the world. God counts on people he loves and invites the person loved to respond. Looking at the mystery of Incarnation, we can see that God knocks on our door, asks for the help of the freedom of the person to be able to come to him or her and love them.

What are you seeking at this moment? What would you like to know better about Jesus? Do you think you know the living God or are you still searching for him? In which ways could we, in the
youth group, help each other to find Jesus among us?

Song: Dios está aquí, tan cierto como el aire que respiro.


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