Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see the things in life that really matter. -Pope Frances (Twitter 8/15/14)
Tonight was our official kick off with a Life Night called Catholic Double Dare. It featured many of the same components of the classic late 80s/90s TV game show, Double Dare. You know; trivia, chocolate syrup, shaving cream, etc. It was messy to say the least but, I can honestly say I think a good time was had by all.
I tried to get myself cleaned up as best I could but found some chocolate syrup on my legs when I got home; evidence of a good social Life Night. This got me thinking. Fr David's homily tonight was one for the record books as he spoke about our responsibility to evangelize our world. So, where's the evidence of my relationship with Jesus? Am I welcoming, forgiving, slow to anger, and rich in compassion? Do I smile at folks at Mass? Do I treat my family with respect? Do I welcome new folks into my clique?
It can be very easy to forget that our Lord showed an extreme interest in folks who were unlike himself. He reached out to all. He still reaches out to us and invites us to do the same. Who can we reach out to? Who might we invite to join us on our journey with Jesus? Give it a try soon. I double dare ya!
See you at Mass! -ryan
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.