I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Did you work on some of my suggestions for continuing the mission of the apostles? Did you go to Mass each weekend this summer? Did you forgive someone who hurt you? Did you reach out to someone in need? Keep thinking about how you can be a light for the world as you begin filling your minds with knowledge this school year.
Whether you are a Catholic school student or enrolled in a religious education program, I think now is a good time to ask yourself, “What is my relationship with Jesus?” Could you tell a friend what Jesus means to you and how he is a light in your life?
As young people, you are continually tempted with images and actions that turn your hearts away from Christ. Be strong in your faith and make it alive in you. Set your soul “on fire” for the Lord.
In Matthew 5: 14-16, Jesus says, ”You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
Each of us is called to share our gifts with others. But too often, we hide those gifts that relate to our faith under a basket and away from our friends and our communities. Continue as you have been, or begin today, to stand with the Lord and live with him. If you have been working like the apostles did, as we talked about in June, you’re showing your light to the world and living your call to be holy, engaged and alive in your relationship with Jesus Christ. God bless the start of your school year!