At least that is what Pope Benedict XVI is looking for in his priests in this New Year. The Pope calls all of us to action in revealing Jesus’ love to the world. The Pope stated that the Word should be believed, announced, and lived.
One suggestion he made was to return to an ancient form of prayer called “lectio divina.” Lectio divina is a form of prayer in which ones contemplates on scripture and seeks to discover what the Word of God is saying to them for their own personal life. Jesus is the Word, and scripture is a great way to learn more about Jesus and have Him teach us more about ourselves. We need to place Jesus first, know Him, and have Him form our unique identity. This is specifically important for teens and young adults because as they are discerning their future. If you do not know Jesus, why would you ever give your life for Him? Why become a priest? Why be a missionary? Having a personal relationship with Jesus lets us know who He really is and who we really are. Doing this gets us ready to become courageous announcers of the Gospel and revealers of the merciful face of Jesus.
As for homework, I encourage you are read this article about Lectio divina and try it out. If you want extra credit you can teach it to a friend.
Giovanni Vitale II, Outreach Coordinator