June 28. Sunday 13A. On this last Sunday of Youth month Fr Sylvester spoke directly to the youth and their families. “When young people are discerning about their future and many people come to explain the different career options there will be some who may be considering a calling to the priesthood or religious life. Do you as parents welcome this, show interest and discuss it openly with your youth. Are we making excuses? Parents might think, “Who will support us in our old age?” Youth might worry about this too as this is expected in some cultures. They might worry about not having money or be able to marry. What exactly does Jesus expect of his followers whatever the level or type of their commitment?
At that time Jesus said to his apostles, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me, and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt10:37-4.
Pope Francis: When we discover that God is calling us to something, that this or that is what we were made for – whether it be nursing, carpentry, communication, engineering, teaching, art or any other kind of work – then we will be able to summon up our best capacities for sacrifice, generosity and dedication. We don’t do things just for the sake of doing them, but rather we give them meaning, as a response to a call that resounds in the depth of our being to offer something to others. That is what makes any occupation bring us a sense of deep fulfilment. CV273.