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As promised, from the Pope’s words at the General Audience, June 13th, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Good morning!
Today we begin a new series of catecheses on the theme of the Commandments. The Commandments of the Law of God. To introduce it, let us draw from the passage just heard: the encounter between Jesus and a man – he is a young man – who, on his knees, asks Jesus how he can inherit eternal life. And in that question is the challenge of every life, ours too: the desire for a full, infinite life. What must we do to achieve it? What path must we take? To truly live, to live a noble life… How many young people try to ‘live’ and destroy themselves by following things that are fleeting.

Some think that it would be better to extinguish this impulse – the impulse to live – because it is dangerous. I would like to say, especially to young people: our worst enemy is not practical problems, no matter how serious and dramatic: life’s greatest danger is a poor spirit of adaptation which is neither meekness nor humility, but mediocrity, cowardice. Is a mediocre young person a youth with a future nor not? No! He or she remains there, will not grow, will not have success. Mediocrity or cowardice. Those young people who are afraid of everything: ‘No, this is how I am…’These young people will not move forward. Meekness, strength, and not cowardice, not mediocrity.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati – he was a young man – used to say that one must live, not just get by. The mediocre just get by, living by their life force. One must ask the heavenly Father, for today’s young people, for the gift of a healthy restlessness. The life of young people is about moving forward, being restless, healthy restlessness, the capacity not to be content with a life without beauty, without color. If young people are not hungry for an authentic life, I wonder where will humanity end up? Where will humanity go with young people who are idle and not restless?

The question of that man in the Gospel passage that we have heard is inside of each of us: how can we find life, life in abundance, happiness? Jesus answers: “You know the commandments.” He (the young man) says, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” How do we pass from youth to maturity? When we begin to accept our own limitations. We become adults when we ‘relativize’ and become aware of what is lacking. This man is forced to acknowledge that everything he is able to do does not rise above a “ceiling”; it does not exceed a margin.

In the Gospel Jesus says something that can help us: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” The Lord Jesus gives us the fulfillment; he came for this. That man had to come to the brink, where he had to take a decisive leap, where the possibility was presented to stop living for himself, for his own deeds, for his own goods and – precisely because he lacked a full life – to leave everything to follow the Lord.
Being able to choose between an original and a copy, who would choose the copy? Here is the challenge: finding life’s original, not the copy. Jesus does not offer surrogates, but true life, true love, true riches! How will young people be able to follow us in faith if they do not see us choose the original, if they see us adjusting to half measures? It is awful to find half-measure Christians, they grow to a certain height and no more; Christians with a miniaturized, closed heart. We need the example of someone who invites me to go beyond, a plus, to grow a little.

The path of what is lacking passes through what there is. Jesus did not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill. We must start from reality in order to take the leap into what we lack. We must scrutinize the ordinary in order to open ourselves to the extraordinary. In these catecheses we will take the two tablets of Moses as Christians, taking Jesus’ hand, in order to pass from the illusions of youth to the treasure that is in heaven, walking behind Him. We will discover, in each of these laws, ancient and wise, the door opened by the Father so that the Lord Jesus, who has crossed the threshold, may lead us to true life. His life. The life of the children of God.
- Pope Francis

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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