Dear young people,
You have heard Fr. Minh-Tam and I preach in church every Sunday. Some of you might be able to understand us. Unfortunately, a large number of you might not even have a clue of what we are talking about at all. So, do you want to know what we are talking about during mass?
We talk about God, about God’s love for the world. We talk about how God wishes that people would undertand that God is love. All God ever wants from the people of our world is that people should love God and love each others. In short, we talk about the message that God really loves and cares for us, and that we should love and care for each others. If we love God and care for others, ultimately we will be united with God, who is love.
Today is the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It means, today we celebrate the day, more than two thousand years ago, God revealed himself to the people of our world in the person of Jesus. God revealed himself to the people of our world, first of all to the shepherds. The shepherds then told this Good News to the people around them (see Luke 2: 1-20). The disciples of Jesus took up this Good News. They then went out to share this Good News to the world. The Good News is that God really loves and cares for the people of our world. Because God is so caring, God has become a person like us to teach us how to love and care for each others. Therefore, today I would like to discuss with you about the vocation, the work to care for others.
After leaving high school or university, we all have to work. We do all kinds of work. Some of us have good jobs. Some of us have difficult jobs. Work provides us with money. Money allows us to buy most of what we want, except happiness. After having most of what we want, the majority of us think of starting a family of our own. All kinds of honest work are good. Whatever style of decent life we choose to live are good. We work to care for ourselves and our families. We work to care for others. That is good. That is exactly what God wants from us.
However, there is about six billion people living in our world today. Only around a billion people are catholics. Few more hundred of million people have heard about God. We are catholics because we have had a chance to hear about God. But, what about those who haven’t had a chance to hear the Good News? Don’t you care about them? God used the shephers, the disciples, the priests, the nuns, our parents and those living around us to bring us the Good News. We too are invited to bring the Good News to others. Do you want to become a priest or a nun to bring the Good News to others? Think about it!