Friday, September 01, 2006

"It is Jesus whom you seek"

It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness, he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.
- John Paul II

I love that quote from our late Holy Father. There's so much truth in that statement that I really don't know where to start. Happiness is a word that is misused by a lot of people. True happiness can only come from Christ. Happiness can only come from embracing the Truth and fighting for it even when it is unpopular. Young people are idealistic (I'm one of them) and this quote really makes me remember that as much as I might want to "change the world" I can't do it. Only by seeking, Jesus, becoming the person I was created to be, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me can anything good happen. Any good I do comes from God and I'm probably at fault for a good chunk of the evil in the world because of my sins. I need to realize this more to learn humility.

In any case, I think this is why the truth is so attractive. Nobody wants to die for a mediocre ideal. The "I love you you love me we're a happy family"-God-as-an-omniscient-Barney version of Christianity isn't necessarily all that attractive. Love cannot exist without at least a willingness to suffer for the one being loved. I think that is why more and more people are starting to embrace the call of their confirmation to become a "soldier for Christ," marching into battle, showing the world His face and spreading His love. The truth can be harsh, but who would die for a lie?

I know these are kind of jumbled thoughts, but I thought I'd post something since I haven't posted in awhile. In closing here's another gem from JP2 during WYD 2002.

Do not let that hope die, stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father's love and our real capacity to become the likeness of His Son.


Blogger Sean Nolan said...

Something interesting about secular morality is that, obviously, they justify their morality and ethics through rationally cognitive functions (logic). They then declare that these things are sufficient for human life. But like Brad said, who would die for something mediocre, average, pretty good. Secular rationality may be able to give reasonable and meaningful ways to live, but they cannot give that fire and passion that comes from Christ Crucified. No one really gets excited about logic. People get excited about love. People die for love. People do not die willingly for mediocrity.

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