By Julia Amting
It is Jesus 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 provoked you with that thirst of fullness 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 heart 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 ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
St. Pope John Paul II
I absolutely love how this is addressed to young people. Our deep yearnings for true love, acceptance, happiness and fulfillment are recognized, and we are given an answer! That in Christ, we find all that we truly long for. That we are fully known, and truly loved. This passage shows how we were made for Christ, and made to be filled by Him. God gives us these yearnings so He can satisfy them. All were created through Him, all were created for Him, all were created by Him.
This is an interesting concept. We honestly are never truly satisfied. No matter how great our relationship status is, how good our grades are, how successful we are, we always have an emptiness within us. And I don’t think it’s a sin or a bad thing. The Lord made us to be dissatisfied so He could fill us, and the only place to find fullness would be in Him. Because if we ever were truly satisfied in this world, we would have no need for Him! It is he who provoked us with a thirst for fullness that will not let us settle for compromise.
After coming to this realization, we are given a mission. To commit ourselves humbly and patiently to improving ourselves and society. Not condemning society and reactively ranting about how bad it is, but proactively seeking to rise above it, and improve it by being a people of love. That’s where the humbly and patiently comes in. We are called to rise above the mediocrity of our morally declining society to a civilization of fraternity and justice. But such a change in society, as always, must start with such a change in ourselves.