144. While drawn towards the future and its promise, young people also have a powerful desire to experience the present moment, to make the most of the opportunities life offers. Our world is filled with beauty! How can we look down upon God’s many gifts?
Rhetorical question, I would guess. But God’s gifts are not just about some future glory. How could we live otherwise, through decades of shadows and disappointments? More testimony that grace is available in the current life, and not years in the future. The Wisdom figures of the Old Testament, even in darker and more discouraging times, offered hope in this life:
145. Contrary to what many people think, the Lord does not want to stifle these desires for a fulfilling life. We do well to remember the words of an Old Testament sage: “My child, treat yourself well, according to your means, and present your offerings to the Lord; do not deprive yourself of a day’s enjoyment, do not let your share of desired good pass by” (Sir 14:11.14). The true God, who loves you, wants you to be happy. For this reason, the Bible also contains this piece of advice to young people: “Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth… banish anxiety from your mind” (Ec 11:9-10). For God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim 6:17).
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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