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St. John Paul II: Go out to meet Jesus the Savior!

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II FOR THE XXXVII WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

“I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” (1 Jn 2, 14)


The mystery of the love of God, “hidden for ages and generations,” (Col 1, 26) is now revealed to us in the “word of the Cross,” (1 Cor 1, 18) which, abiding in you, dearest young people, will be your strength and your light, and will unveil to you the mystery of your personal call. I know your doubts and your efforts, I see you lost at times, I understand the fear that assails you about the future. But yet, I have in my mind and in my heart the joyous image of the many encounters with you on my apostolic Journeys, in the course of which I have been able to verify the sincere search for truth and love that abides in each one of you.

The Lord Jesus has pitched His tent among us and, from this His Eucharistic dwelling, He repeats to each man and each woman, “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I shall give you rest.” (Mt 11, 28)

Dear young people, go to meet Jesus the Savior! Love Him and adore Him in the Eucharist! He is present in the Holy Mass, that makes sacramentally present the sacrifice of the Cross. He comes into us in Holy Communion and remains in the tabernacles of our churches, because He is our friend, the friend of all, especially of you young people, who are so much in need of confidence and love. You are able to draw from Him the courage to be His apostles in this particular period of time: the twenty-first century will be how you young people will want it to be and will make it. After so much violence and oppression, the world needs young people capable of “building bridges” to unite and reconcile; after the culture of man without vocation, men and women are needed who believe in life and accept it as a call that comes from Above, from the God who calls, since He loves; after the atmosphere of suspicion and distrust, which poisons human relationships, only courageous young people, with minds and hearts open to high and generous ideals, will be able to restore beauty and truth to life and to human relationships. Then this Jubilee time will truly be for all a “year of the Lord’s grace,” a Jubilee of vocation.