There must have been anywhere from 400-500 youth at the 10th Annual Praise Party held at Saint Joseph Parish in Vacaville yesterday. Amidst a normal Saturday morning, I’m amazed by how God can work in bringing this many youth to be with Him and adoring Him in Eucharistic Adoration. I’m amazed how God remains faithful in using His children in speaking his timeless message of love found at the cross as we behold the pierced Lamb of God.
Those words ring true that we will never know how much it costs to see our sins upon that cross. The love of Christ remains inexhaustible and poured out in its totality for every young person seeking him. It’s a message for all generations and all season – hence, it is considered cheap to only wear the cross around our neck as decoration. It must be worn on our shoulders for imitation. Imitation of Christ. And imitation is more than copying like how one copies a book on a copy machine. Imitation of Christ is to love what Christ loved as he loved – to the point of total self-giving for the sake of the Beloved, for the sake of the one you love.
What have I learned this weekend? The opportunity to speak God’s truth and to love God’s people is a gracious gift from God. Such a gift demands a great responsibility. It demands humility before the cross of Christ and in the celebration of the Eucharist daily. After all, we are simply his instruments and ultimately it is God acting in our lives. PTL!
** Photos by Eric Luis.