"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Before Jesus departed he commanded of the disciples the above scripture, known as the great commission. As the last passage written in the Gospel of Matthew, this command from Jesus is very important in showing what Jesus asks of us. This is our mission as Catholics, to go out and bring others the Good News that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As humans it is natural for us to have questions and search for meaning. We all have a deep longing for love and truth which was placed in our hearts at the moment of our creation. Often times people try to fill this void with things that the world says will fill us (i.e sex, drugs, alcohol, sin etc.) In reality, the only person that can fill this void is God himself. Most of us have had the privilege to encounter God, to know his unfailing Love, Mercy and Truth! What a beautiful gift God has given us. But the gift of the Good News is not just for us, it is for all mankind and it's our job to spread it to the ends of the earth. If you haven't had this experience, than I invite you to go deeper into your faith. Commit to prayer, attend Mass, go to Adoration, come to Life Teen and surround yourself with awesome people that will help you in your journey.
Often times I hear teens say that they can't just invite people to church, they don't want to be the "Jesus Freak" or the church girl or boy. They question how they can bring Christ to others. The best way to do this is through your witness. There is a certain joy that comes when you know Christ. You can see it in your eyes, love piercing through, Christ using you to reach out to others. It's our mission to be a witness in our homes, in our own families, to our friends and to all whom we encounter. People dont always remember what school we go to or what kind of clothes we wear but they will always remember how you treat them. It's like the cheesy Christian song that says, "They will know we are Christians by our LOVE." So by treating them with love and joy they are certainly going to remember you and ask where is this love and joy coming from? Well it's from Jesus and his awesomely good news. When you have good news don't you just want to share it with everyone? Well that's how we should be about the ultimate Good News.
This Sunday we are having our first ever LifeTeen kick-off! A fun night of FREE food, carnival games, music, prizes and more! We will be ending the night with prayer! This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, to help them to go deeper in their faith. You can be the instrument the Lord uses to bring others to Him. Let's step out of our comfort zone and live out the mission that Christ has given to us. So I challenge you to come to our Kick-off and invite your friends, I promise you won't be sorry.
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.