My Father’s Business
My Father’s Business Gospel of Sunday December 30 2018, Dear brothers and sisters: In Cop 24, the Conference of the Parties on Climate, held in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to 14 this year, in a …More
My Father’s Business Gospel of Sunday December 30 2018, Dear brothers and sisters: In Cop 24, the Conference of the Parties on Climate, held in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to 14 this year, in a passionate speech, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist of fifteen years, has clearly described the errors, omissions and failures of world leaders to confront climate change. "You say that you love your children above all things," Greta said, among other things, "but you are stealing their future before their eyes." Dear brothers and sisters, teenagers and young people are often able to "see" the problems gripping humanity better than adults. In fact, only with regard to these last years, teenagers and young people with the "occupy" protest movement, have challenged the economy that kills; with the "never again" movement they have challenged the violence triggered by the indiscriminate sale of assault firearms; with the "Guardians of the Earth" movement they have challenged the misguided human activity that is leading to the destruction of our planet. Finally, the protest movement of the new generations who, with their disinterest in politics and religion, are challenging their corruption and sexual scandals. Regarding the Church, Pope Francis in his visit to Estonia, speaking to young people in the capital, Tallinn, had, in some way, anticipated and summarized the themes of the synod of young people in this way... “We know – and you have told us – that many young people do not turn to us for anything because they don’t feel we have anything meaningful to say to them. It is bad, when a Church, a community, behaves in such a way that young people think: “These ones have nothing to say to me that will be useful in my life”. In fact, some of them expressly ask us to leave them alone, because they feel the Church’s presence as bothersome or even irritating. This is true. They are upset by sexual and economic scandals that do not meet with clear condemnation, by our unpreparedness to really appreciate the lives and sensibilities of the young, and simply by the passive role we assign them (cf. Synod on Young People, Instrumentum Laboris, 66). These are just a few of your complaints. We want to respond to them; as you yourselves put it, we want to be a “transparent, welcoming, honest, inviting, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community” (ibid. 67), that is, a community without fear. Fear imprisons us. Fear drives us to proselytize. But fraternity is something else: an open heart and a fraternal embrace.” (Pope Francis) Dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel of the Feast of the Holy Family, we celebrate Sunday, December 30th, presents to us a twelve-year-old Jesus who gives to all teenagers and young people the secret to revolutionize the world, that is "To take care of the things of the Heavenly Father"! Only when we commit ourselves "soul and body" to the Heavenly Father's business, the Church, the humanity, the world, the whole universe will rise again!