Each issue carries an
Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Time to Review Your Life
(A summary of this month's Youth Update)
Mother Teresa called herself a "pencil
in the hands of God." During Lent, this Youth Update invites
you to look at what God has "written" thus far with, through and
Lent is an especially appropriate time
in which to take the journey back in time to trace your life story,
your autobiography. An excellent guide for such a journey is the
person upon whom the season of Lent centers: Jesus. The parts of
Jesus' journey parallel your own. In this edition of Youth Update,
author Michael J. Daley guides you through the life of Jesus, inviting
comparison to your own.
1. Your background. You'll need
to look at your background: where you grew up, your parents and
friends, what you did when you were younger. Look at these parts
in the life of Jesus and reflect on what is similar between your
How have your surroundings shaped you?
What's happening right now? Where is there division in the world
and in your life?
2. Your public life. You are part
of a neighborhood, a parish, a nation and a world. In this context,
you have had experiences of grace. You have been called to consider
the purpose of your life. You have had to wrestle with those who
have blocked your achievement of your goals, your purpose.
Who has helped you on your journey of faith?
As baptism was for Jesus, what has been a "God experience"
in your life?
3. Your mission. Jesus' mission
was to establish the Reign or Kingdom of God. He knew that he needed
to gather a community of helpers. How do you see yourself responding
to Jesusas an admirer or as a follower? Are you doing your
best? How have you put your faith into action? In what ways have
you resisted the call of Jesus to follow him?
Young people from St. Mary Parish in Alexandria,
Kentucky, read the entire text of this Youth Update and posed
I'm a little afraid of this journey with
Jesus. I know my path isn't even close to that of Jesus. Won't
this practice discourage me even more?
Hope not! You should already be encouraged,
because you've encountered two important themes of your life
journey: gift and responsibility. When Jesus says, "Come,
follow me," it is always in a spirit of friendship, love and
growth. He never uses intimidation and fear. Perhaps you hesitate
because of the responsibility required by this gift. Saying
yes to the journey with Jesus calls for actions that aren't
easy. But you aren't asked to act alone. Jesus will always
send you the help you need to continue walking with him.
Is it really possible that my life can be
like that of Jesus? This seems like a big stretch to me.
But life is about stretching! Lent is a time
when we see the human side of Jesus. He was truly testedand
tempted to turn away from the will of Godyet he remained
faithful. His example can help you in this "stretch" of Lent.
You are not to admire Jesus from afar; you are to follow him.
He did human things well, and you can act as Jesus did in
your own life. How? Ask him! Believe me, you will find answers.
Aren't I a bit young to be looking back already?
Are you too young to think about your future?
This looking back is to get you ready for that future. You've
changed physically, socially and spiritually in the last year
or two. Your relationship with Jesus has changed as well.
You need to look at thatoften. This can be an affirming
look, but you might be called to make changes in your attitudes
and behavior. If you wait your whole life to look back, you
won't have time to change ways in which you are not following