On young people and hope in the future: I can …

On young people and hope in the future:
I can see it in the faces of the young people. In fact, in the ten years that I have been a bishop, one of the things that has struck me most is a line from the opening of the Gospel of St Luke that I see continuously manifest in so many of our young people, particularly those who give themselves over to witnessing for life. The line in St Luke is: “Theophilus, I’m writing what I’m writing so that you will know the kind of assurance you have in believing in Jesus.” The Greek word for it — paresia — means conviction, assurance, truth!

It does not mean arrogance, by the way. It means a conviction.
Sisters and brothers, I see growing — particularly within our young people, even in the midst sometimes of a desert culture here — this wondrous paresia. I am impressed — at times, whether in confirmations, or in meetings of young people, I am even overwhelmed. Don’t get a big head, but stick with it. Because the paresia, the conviction, is not something you constructed, the paresia is not something we make — its the gift that comes as hearts melt and as the Lord Jesus is the centerpiece: the one who is the son of the Virgin Mary, whose energetic acceptance of running from Nazareth to Galilee to greet Elizabeth and sing her Magnificat, her energetic acceptance of which takes her all through the life of her Son among us.
Now, you put those things together, friends — you’ve got genuine power. But it’s not a power of this world — that’s why Jesus announces the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God. what is it? The beatitudes begin to unpack it, but by the end of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke you no longer ask “what” is the kingdom of God, you ask “WHO” is the kingdom of God? And you know who that is — it’s the Lord Jesus who has given us the Beatitudes.
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