Called to proclaim the Gospel.
Where he himself placed us, let us help the young. Let us have an attentive ear to listen to their dreams – they need to be heard – to listen to their successes, to pay attention to the difficulties. Planting seeds it is demanding and very tiring, very tiring! It is much more rewarding to enjoy the harvest! Reaping is more enjoyable for us! But Jesus asks us to so with care and responsibility.
Helping our young people discover the courage and joy of faith, the joy of being loved personally by God, is very difficult. But when young people understand it, when young people experience it through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, this “being personally loved by God” accompanies them for the rest of their lives. Let us form them in mission, to go out, to go forth, communicate the faith. We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, in our parish or diocesan institutions, when so many people are waiting for the gospel!
Let us urge our young people to go forth. Of course they will make mistakes, but let us not be afraid! The apostles made mistakes before us. Let us urge them to go forth. Beginning on the outskirts, with those who are farthest away, with those who do not usually go to church.
– Pope Francis