My young friends,
As we say goodbye to summer and hello to another school year, it is my prayer for you to continue to keep Jesus in your day-to-day routine. What do I mean by this? I mean get personal with Jesus; strengthen your relationship with him and joyfully share him with others.
No matter what grade you are starting, or whether you attend public or Catholic school, make Jesus your center. It is a personal relationship with him that we are building, my young friends. And if I asked you what your relationship with Jesus was like, what would you say? Would you say you have put your trust and faith in Jesus? If you have put your trust in him are you living your life with love, joy, peace and mercy? Live like the first disciples did, spreading the message of Jesus everywhere you go.
As young people, you are continually tempted with images and actions that turn your hearts away from Jesus Christ. Be strong in your faith, boldly share what you believe 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 of our faith under a basket and away from our friends and our communities. The beginning of a new school year is a great time to explore new possibilities. Continue as you have been, or begin today, to stand with Jesus and live with him. If you have been working like the disciples did, you’re showing your light to the world and living your call to be holy, engaged and alive in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Make Jesus the center of your day to day routine.
God bless you and your families as you begin this new school year! May the love of Jesus shine brightly in you and may that light be a witness to all those you meet that they are in the presence of a child of God.