Christus Vivit 23: Jesus’ Youth

Theme number one of chapter two: Jesus’ youth. The Holy Father reminds us that Jesus lived all his post-adolescent life as a young adult:

23. The Lord “gave up his spirit” (cf. Mt 27:50) on a cross when he was little more than thirty years of age (cf. Lk 3:23). It is important to realize that Jesus was a young person. He gave his life when he was, in today’s terms, a young adult. He began his public mission in the prime of life, and thus “a light dawned” (Mt 4:16) that would shine most brightly when he gave his life to the very end. That ending was not something that simply happened; rather, his entire youth, at every moment, was a precious preparation for it. “Everything in Jesus’s life was a sign of his mystery”;[Catechism 515] indeed, “Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption”.[Ibid 517]

The point for the disciple is the imitation of Christ. Do young people see themselves as lights in the world, and prepared in any way for their role in the act of redemption.

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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