Friday, October 9, 2020

Courageous missionaries!

Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to bear witness of the Gospel everywhere, with their own life. Saint Alberto Hurtado once said that “being an apostle does not mean to wear a badge on your shirt; it does not mean to speak about the truth but living it, embodying it, being transformed in Christ. Being an apostle does not mean to carry a torch in your hand, possessing the light, but being that light… The Gospel, more than a lesson, is an example. A message that becomes a life fully lived.”

The importance of witness does not mean that we should be silent about the word. Why should we not speak of Jesus, why should we not tell others that he gives us strength in life, that we enjoy talking with him, that we benefit from meditating on his words? Young people, do not let the world draw you only into things that are wrong and superficial. Learn to swim against the tide, learn how to share Jesus and the faith he has given you. May you be moved by that same irresistible impulse that led Saint Paul to say: “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16)!

(Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, Pope Francis, No 175 and No 176, March 25, 2019.)