Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Epiphany II

Well, as I am back in Ireland, and here the Epiphany is celibrated on the 6th of January, so I dicided to write a small bit more on this theme...

As I mentioned in my last post on this blog, the relevance of Christianity to somebodies life is very important, otherwise it can become an ordinary habit, and the ordinary habit can cease to be a habit.

While on my way back to Ireland I was thinking a bit more about the feast of the Epiphany and the revelation of Jesus to us. During my visit to the Dominican brother and sisters in Zwolle I talked a bit about the Youth 2000 Christmas retreat, and how great it is to see so many young people celebrating their faith.

I think the strength of the youth 2000 retreats is that they are centered on the Christ, and especially on Jesus' presence in the Eucharist. I sometimes hear people wanting to make Christianity intersting to young people by organising all kinds of creative activities, but I think that that is completely missing the point. The important element of bringing people back to the faith is the encounter with Chirst, and it should be centered on that.

On these retreats mass is central, and there is 24 hour Eucharistic exposition during the retreat (expcet during mass). Anytime I attended such a retreat and spend an hour during the night in the chapel I always found a lot of young people being there with me... they spend an hour with Jesus. When somebody goes to such a retreat it is often an encouter with Christ, an epiphany, as many testimonies at the end of the retreat witness to.

What would be a better way then Jesus really present himself bringing us close to him? Some might off course doubt the real presence and the significance, something I might say a few words about sometime shortly, but I know from my own experience that He is there! Very blondly said, where would you find about 500 young people looking at a piece of bread for three hours? It is an amazing experience, but that is exactly what it is, an experience.

The fullness of life is found in getting to know Jesus. Sometimes we can write and talk about it, and it can make some sense, but at the end it is the Epiphany of Jesus himself in our lives... the only way is to do it is to start to get to know Him...

Mark 14:37: "Could you not watch one hour?"

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