This has been part of a three week set of posts designed as materials worth sharing with NCYC participants. Part One: Here I Am; Part Two: Here YOU are. Let’s not leave “the mountaintop” without engaging in some follow-up in anticipation of young people being transfigured. (Consider adding photograph(s) from your own group!)
Dear NCYC friends,
As the conference closed, there was a distinctive sense that you personally were being sent. Even more so, what Indianapolis Archbishop Tobin describe as our country’s largest parish for the weekend was been sent back. As a community, NCYC had become a WE, but it was time for US to get back home.
You have been home for a little over two weeks now. Do you remember what it felt like to be a part of the WE / US of NCYC?
Carolyn Woo on Saturday morning talked about us a lot. God entrusts us to each other, she claimed. We are God’s hands and feet in the world – we have to serve!
Bob McCarty also called us to be for others beyond our WE… Not just within the space of three city blocks over three days, but the everywhere and the every-when we find ourselves. Love isn’t love until you give it away. Serve others!
God is always with us, insisted Woo. Let love be our driving force. Let love direct you…. God is not far away if you let love be your driving force.
In this day and age this is not necessarily an easy task. Mark Hart claimed that you and an individual and you as a WE have to let go of some stuff along the way. God can handle your cynicism, your doubt, your fears. God can handle it. But you’ve gotta come to Him.
Jesus invites us into that WE experience in our communion / Eucharist. I hope that you always come to mass to search for the experience of NCYC all over again. Always look for the community… one that worships, one that reconciles, one that learns, one that serves just like what you experienced at the conference. Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga spoke of the WE in the kingdom of Christ. Quoting Scripture, he reminded us that the US working towards the Reign of the Lord are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.
Prayerfully consider and reflect on these questions:
- At the conference, you prayerfully sang Here I am over and over. Where are you right now… really?
- Who do you claim among the WE of the Church that share in your faith?
- Individually and as a WE, how are you adding flavor and light to the world?