So I haven’t been back in a while. Because…. reasons. So many youth activities and too little time to unpack them all afterward. Sorry about that!
In today’s Gospel, we heard about the synagogue official’s daughter who Jesus raised from the dead at her father’s pleading, due to his faith in Jesus’ power to give life. Father Fernando informed us that the word used in the original language of this Scripture reading for, “Get up” means, “Arise!” as in, “resurrection”. As in, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! Like, He wasn’t just telling her to get out of bed; He was telling her to rise and live a new life. What?? Mind blown!!
It’s fitting that this was the Scripture that we heard proclaimed today. Because Aidan and I are finally jumping back into the blogosphere on this website. So our website has not been dead but only sleeping and now it’s time to arise!
Enjoy Aidan’s upcoming blog post. We’ll be back with more!
Yesterday, we celebrated Pentecost (aka the Birthday of the Church). This day also marked the end of the Easter season. Fifty days of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus culminated in a big birthday party as we thanked God for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our divine Companion on our journey Heavenward, and the establishment of Holy Mother Church according to Our Lord’s will! Did you have a birthday cake this weekend? Hope so! 🙂
The Easter season goes without saying as a time to celebrate new life. I mean, come on: Christ’s resurrection (!!!), spring’s budding flowers, animal babies everywhere… and Pentecost of course, is when the Holy Spirit breathed new life into the Apostles and gave them the courage and boldness and zeal to go out and spread the Gospel — to live their mission with renewed faith and determination with Him as their divine Guide.
So it’s fitting that we resurrect this Youth Ministry website now (I meant to do it yesterday, on Pentecost, but I missed my window!). We’re rededicating our website to God and inviting Him to enter in to lead us as we write posts and create content with renewed faith and determination just like the Apostles did back in the day.
Please send up a prayer for us (my leadership team and I) as we get back up and running here online. May God be glorified in and through us all!
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
I have had a tough day. I got started late, my plane sat on the tarmac for 20 minutes making us late. I didn’t get time to eat lunch, blaa….blaa…blaa……. Complaining can become a habit and once you start it is hard to stop. We are all tempted to whine about the frustrations of our day, but don’t do it. Today, instead of complaining, count your blessings. How can your blessings help you overcome the hardships of your day?
“Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world.”
How do “little white lies” affect those around you? I know that many times we can be tempted to bend the facts to avoid a hassle or maybe to stay out of trouble, but those little lies can get out of hand quickly. God’s policy is honesty. Lies usally have a way of hurting people, so even when it is hard we must be honest with those around us. Have you been hurt by someone’s untruth? Or have you possibly caused someone else to feel bad?
Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
God has given each of us special talent. It is up to each of you to nurture those abilities and put them to proper use. The world we live in is filled with countless distractions, so it I pretty easy to squander our time and talents. We will be very successful if we build our lives around the talents God gave us, not the ones we wish we had. What are your gifts? How can you nurture them for God’s plan?
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let us exercise them: if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does act of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Sometimes it is tempting to avoid or put off my responsibilities. Procrasinating is so easy to do, yet causes so many problems. We are late to appointments, or we cannot go out with our friends, because we didn’t get our assignments done when it was first given. Things are sometimes never finished, because we plan to do a good deed, but we get sidetracked and the original thought is gone. Do you find yourself putting things off to the last minute and how does that effect you and those around you?
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
How strong is your faith? Faith in God is contagious, you can pass your faith onto others that you encounter. Act, pray and trust God with the knowledge that others are watching. How do you show your faith to others?
Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous , be strong. Your every act should be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Let me start by apologizing for not posting anything last week. I was out of town on business and my schedule was a bit overwhelming. I have been thinking about how I let my life interfere with my relationship with God. Jobs, school, and many things in our life are important. I need a job to feed my family, you need an education to be successful in most things, sports are important in building team work and social skills need to be a productive member of society, but these thing cannot overshadow our connection to God. What things help you to put God first in your life?
Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
All of us face frustration: I lost my homework, my siblings won’t leave me alone, I performed poorly on a test or at a sporting event, maybe something embarrassing happened at school. Let’s face it, some days are just more difficult than others. Why do things always happen to you? How do you respond when times are tough? Think of things that can help you stay on course.
“Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character hope.”
Last night I couldn’t sleep, my dog was restless and it kept me awake. As I was tossing and turning I thought about the Gospel last Sunday, mostly because I was wishing I could fall asleep as Peter, James and John did, but it did get me to thinking. How many times have I been “asleep” when God called on me? Maybe to be kinder, help someone or worship him? Do you have moments when you think back and wonder if you missed the message that our Lord was trying to tell you or thought I should have done something differently?
“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.”