Woe to me
Date: September 29, 2014
Woe to me
Talk by Brad on the Youth Ministry theme for this year - PROCLAIM. Why is proclaiming the Gospel with our deeds and words a duty? Why do I have to proclaim in order for my joy to be complete? Why is "woe" to befall me if I don't preach the Gospel?
It all comes down to how you answer one question: "Who do you say that I am?"
If He is Christ, the Messiah, if He is your God and your Lord - then He gets all of you and you get a share of His mission.
This talk was given at the 2014 High School Youth Ministry Kickoff. Simply put, we cannot live out our call to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed if we are spiritually deaf (i.e. unwilling to hear God's word). But, God has a response to our deafness...
Here, Brad engages the mentality that Mass and the sacraments are just the same old thing week in, and week out. We often find ourselves overrun by what appears to be mundane, and miss the Mystery. We often find ourselves filled but stale and stagnant, because we are not allowing ourselves to be poured out in service to the Gospel, to evangelization, to others. We are not hungry enough and so we reduce the encounter with Christ to "same old, same old."