I am sorry this is a day late. Sometimes the lessons of the Forty Weeks program that I am in take a bit of time to produce a blog post. This lesson also is going to help answer a question from a friend of mine who is teaching teenagers in confirmation.
As you know from a few previous post’s of mine about this subject, I have been re-examining my past with an adult mind and correcting the misconceptions of my past. This and the question put by my friend; ‘How do I help these teenagers understand what the church and God is trying to do in their life?’
For the most part in my preadolescence years and in my high school years, and a little bit into adulthood, I wanted to MATTER. It seems like the world around me was telling me that the only reason I mattered was because I was of some use to them. In high school a teenager struggles to belong. He or she wants to feel like they matter, that they belong, that they are worth something.
All of society tells people in various ways that they only matter because there is something to gain from them. Your boss, your bank, your mortgage company and possibly a lot of your friends give you a subconscious message that you matter because they have something to gain from you.
Christ, His church, His priest and all of the servants of Christ state that you matter simply because you exist. Christ showed this on the cross.
The Holy Spirit has been trying to tell me, you, and everyone else this since we were born.
As a servant of God I must do a better job of letting everyone know that they matter to God and to me simply because they exist and I do not need or want anything from them. I fully believe that there is no more important message for teenagers. If they get nothing from all of the catechism except for the fact that God loves them unconditionally simply because of their existence, they will start to want to know more. If we as servants of Christ can portray to our fellow man this simple message, they will fall in love with Jesus Christ.
The major obstacle is the fact that this message is so unusual. Everything else in society tells people a different message. To most people the message of unconditional love is unexpected and they are not prepared to grasp the whole meaning. The result is that those delivering this message are misunderstood. The person receiving this message will look for how we are trying to use them.
That’s when we pray for patients, understanding, endurance, and perseverance.