Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)
This begs the question: ‘To whom do I go to be fed?’ Human hearts can be restless. I can fill my life with achievements, with prizes, with money, with ‘stuff’. If they do not satisfy, I can numb myself with substances – legal or illegal. While that strategy may work in the short term, it is a path to oblivion. A life lived for others, building community, promoting love, compassion and the God-given goodness of each person – these are the ‘words of eternal life’.
Our world is filled with many distractions for young people. It may be the latest music, the latest fashion, the latest gossip, the latest app. Their need to be in relationship is yet another marketable quantity. Our delicate task is not to decry everything new but to help them to see the wisdom in the words of our tradition: ‘our hearts are restless until they rest in you’ and ‘it is in giving that we receive’.
Have a great week!