To be honest, i'm a bit surprised that i'm writing this right now especially because its so late, but I definitely feel that this is what God is asking me to do. Throughout the Triduum, beginning on Holy Thursday and entering into the the week of Easter, I've been contemplating the beauty of our Church. Being present at the Easter vigil and thinking about how incredible the Mass is and all that it represents. Thinking how the we relive the paschal mystery at EVERY SINGLE Mass. Then seeing adults being welcomed into the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism. I've been thinking about how incredible all of the Sacraments are, how each of them were instituted by Christ. Thinking about Jesus life, His love for us, and His Resurrection. I mean WOW, he was Dead and then ALIVE!!! Then thinking that if he never would have risen we would not have our Faith. I've been contemplating on how incredibly PROUD I am to be Catholic. I guess I forget sometimes that my faith is a gift, that there are millions of people out there that have not encountered Christ, that don't know His love, that don't know how incredible our Church is. I am brought to tears as I think about how truly honored I am to understand my beautiful, wonderful Catholic Faith. I am even more moved thinking about how God uses us to bring others to Him. My heart could explode with Joy as I contemplate our Faith, especially as we get ready for such an incredible weekend! (Divine Mercy Sunday and the Canonization of JOHN PAUL II and John XXIII. On this night I was once again thanking the Lord because I said yes to get to know Him and to truly encounter Him and in the midst of that prayer I wrote the following down and feel like i need to share it, and if you have already encountered God than I feel like he is calling us to help others to know Him! We need to share the great news that HE IS NOT DEAD!
My God is NOT dead! This world is so corrupt, filled with darkness. Every single person with a great longing in their hearts, longing for truth, Love, for greatness, to feel wanted and to know that someone can save them from themselves from their brokenness, from the emptiness of this world. That longing that people spend years trying to fill and some never find of figure out that this longing can only be filled by their creator. By the very person that placed that longing in their heart. GOD IS REAL! The divine physician that can heal our brokenness, that can not only save us but forgive us. Not only are we longing for him but He is longing for us. He desires for us to be truly happy to know how incredible we are. We just have to say yes.
It breaks my heart thinking of people in this world that haven't been introduced to Him, It kills me even more when people encounter Him and turn away because they get caught up in the lies that this world and satan say and they think that they don't need him anymore. Say what you want, some people say God is dead and doesn't exist, that i'm stupid for loving and trusting in someone that may not be real. The world tells me to do what feels good yet from my point of view looking at a world that is so into self gratification, all that it leaves you with is a bigger whole more wounds, more pain, FAKENESS! People not knowing or wanting to be real and honest with themselves and definitely not with others because they don't want to face the pain, So they hide behind fake smiles, money and the meaningless, superficial conversations.
But we are made for MORE! We are made for GREATNESS! We are made for Christ, So say what you want, but I find my worth in Christ. He doesn't want perfection, he just wants you! Just as you are, silly, beautiful, talented, broken! He wants to meet you in the mess, take you by the hand and walk with you out. He desires your heart not for His sake but for your own. SO that you can finally understand what it meant to be truly loved... Loved to the point of death. He longs for you because he wants you to be happy, because He wants you to see yourself as the incredible person you were created to be. So stop making excuses, stop saying not yet or this doesn't make sense or why me? Because i'm here to tell you the HE IS CALLING YOU for greatness. He is calling you to His heart! His most Sacred Heart that beats for you! He suffers with you, He celebrates with you, you have never been alone, he has always and will always by by your side. He will Never forsake you!
So i'm here, a humble servant, simply offering you to get to know Him because once you do, you will NEVER be the same. God's NOT dead, He lives in you, He lives in me, He lives in this world He's just inviting you to open your eyes and say YES!
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.