173. As in the miracle of Jesus, the bread and the fish provided by young people can multiply (cf. Jn 6:4-13). As in the parable, the small seeds sown by young people can yield a rich harvest (cf. Mt 13:23.31-32). All of this has its living source in the Eucharist, in which our bread and our wine are transformed to grant us eternal life. Young people face immense and difficult challenges. With faith in the risen Lord, they can confront them with creativity and hope, ever ready to be of service, like the servants at the wedding feast, who unknowingly cooperated in Jesus’ first miracle. They did nothing more than follow the order of his Mother: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5). Mercy, creativity and hope make life grow.
I observe here the utilization of Scripture to bring meaning to the lived experience of believers today. The main point of the feedings of the multitudes or the parable of the harvest was not young people. But young people can indeed see themselves as agents in these passages and translate that into their lives. It doesn’t just work for young people, of course.
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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