I met a group of 18 year olds, this week, who were trying to get into a church, any church, to say thank you, that one of their friends had been offered the opportunity of working in a school, for a year, in Central Africa. I let them in and, while their prayer was short and limited in content, their enthusiasm was tangible. I talked to them about the Masses we used to celebrate in Upton with the 6th Form which like them were short and informal, and they left grateful they could light candles.
Those Masses had their informality but it brought together youth on the edge of the adult world, bringing with them the potential for excitement and the insecurity that any look into the future stirs up.
It was a prayer that tried to help the young cope with the now so that they can face what the future holds with the certainty that only confidence brings.
While these young people are beginning to carry the burden of responsibility, they still have so much newness yet to come into their lives, they carry with them the joy of hope and that they readily share.
That’s not quite the overall tone of our day to day Sunday and weekday celebrations. It’s not a reflection on our Faith or even our Hope. It is the reality check that routine brings into our lives.
So often, when going to Mass, we do the same things at the same time, we sit in the same seats, talk to the same people, pray together and go home.
Where and when did we lose the excitement, the touch of nervousness that God might just want to use us!!! Just a thought!