In his message for the 25th World Youth Day on March 28, our Holy Father reminds us that the question most prominent in the minds of our young people is the same question asked of Jesus by the rich young man in the Gospel. “What must I do?”
Pope Benedict writes: “The rich young man asks Jesus: ‘What must I do?’ The stage of life in which you are immersed is a time of discovery: of the gifts that God has lavished on you and of your responsibilities. It is, moreover, a time of fundamental choices to build your plan of life. It is the moment, therefore, to ask yourselves about the authentic meaning of existence and to ask yourselves: ‘Am I satisfied with my life? Is there something lacking?’”
Our young men and women are searching for the meaning of life; they are making choices that will chart their future. As a Church we must be attentive to their quest. There are a myriad of options out there, we must insure that the following of Jesus is in the forefront among them. A philosophy of life is more than a plan to insure happiness and wealth.
In the Holy Father’s words one’s life plan should be oriented “toward horizons that are not limited or fleeting, but broad and profound; horizons which lead us to love the world so loved by God himself.” He calls young people “not to make absolute values of earthly realities” but to be aware that “God is opening greater prospects for us…we are called to eternity.”
Young people in their quest are looking for more that words, they are looking for models. The greatest model is a life based on love of God and love of neighbor. The life we lead is the most important message we send to our young people.
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