These World Youth Days are glorious events, filled with prayer, song, religious formation, sharing of faith, the Eucharist, the sacrament of penance, a lot of just plain fun.
It's the last full day, and, as other bishops, I gather at a parish church in suburban Toronto with about young people from English-speaking countries to give my teaching. We bishops were encouraged to then open the floor and allow any of our young people to give public testimony about any graces they may have received during the World Youth Days.
After a pause, a young woman from the back corner approaches the microphone.
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She sure has our attention. I'm dying, and I was about ready to end it all. This old man told me he loved me.
Oh, a lot of old men tell me they love me for 15 minutes. This old man meant it. He told me God loved me, and that I'm actually God's work of art.
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He told me that the God who made all the stars actually knows my name. He told me God enjoys me so much he wants me to spend eternity with him, and that he sent his Son, Jesus, to help me get there. This old man told me I actually share God's own life deep inside of me. This old man makes sense. This old man got through to me. I now want to live. Ideas have consequences, don't they? Convictions have corollaries. And God's word today, from Genesis and St. John, enchants us with one of the most profound ideas, one of the most noble convictions of all: that we are made in God's image and likeness, that God actually abides in us and we in him, that deep in our being is the very breath of the divine.
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I suggest that anyone who thinks this grand idea, this conviction, this doctrine, to be of no consequence might get in touch with that young woman from Toronto. As a matter of fact, this gripping conviction, while explicit in revealed religion, is really evident in the very nature of man. So we have the towering intellects of civilization, philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Seneca and Cicero, themselves unaware of the God of Abraham, the Father of Jesus, still write convincingly that human beings hold within them the light of eternity, a destiny beyond this life, a supernatural brand mark, an exalted identity which elevates them qualitatively above the rest of creation.
True, they never viewed Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling depicting creation, but they would sure nod in agreement at the inspired words of Genesis in this morning's first Scripture reading, "God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created man, male and female he created them. And they would beam at the chant of the psalmist, "What is man that you should spare even a thought for him, the son of Man that you should care for him? Yet you have made him little less than a god, you have crowned him with glory and splendor. We citizens of the United States of America are so gratefully and humbly aware that our country was founded on this very conviction, that part of our birthright, as Ronald Reagan would often quote John Winthrop, is "to be a city set on a hill" where respect for the pinnacle of God's creation, the human being, would be the premier characteristic.
Without arrogance but with more a sense of challenge, John Adams would write, "I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence" or, as he penned on the eve of the Revolution, "Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God.
We have the spark of the divine within us and it gives us infinite possibilities. When we come into the physical body with life, which is really spirit, we embark on a great journey of unfoldment. Many philosophers have tried to determine what tools we bring into this life. For the most part the equipment level is simply faith. Some truth teachers describe the incarnation from the heavenly realms into the physical body like a vortex.
They say the consciousness whirls down into the body. When you are coming in from the causal realm, the process is slightly different.
When you are coming in from the mental realm, you simply extend the thought down and then ride in on it. And when you are coming from the Soul realm, you are usually walking down a long passage right into the consciousness of the physical body; which is a very easy way to incarnate.
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Therefore, I am not going to listen to yours. When you awaken to the spirit within your own life, you will not feel threatened. Make the effort to listen to others. Perhaps you can gain something that will enhance your own path. Whatever you can use to your advantage, simply reach out and take it. Share your love with others. Never shut off your Light or hide it.
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