Over the past weekend, young men and women across the diocese met at NMSU to pray, to reflect, and to socialize. It was full of fun activities, a period for confessions, talks; and it ended on Sunday with mass celebrated by Bishop Cantu.
On Saturday night, we had the opportunity of having a very impactful Holy Hour. Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament, was processed into the gathering area to be worshiped and adored by the beloved children of God. All the lights in the room were off with exception of the spotting light intently fixed on our savior, Jesus Christ. During the benediction, the priest went through the midst of the youth, blessing them and allowing them to touch and be touched by Jesus. God touched the hearts and minds of the people gathered. Jesus was there to touch each person, especially those that opened up to His healing presence.
God was indeed in our minds, or better said, God is always in our midst. It is undeniable that sometimes we cannot feel His presence, but what happened this past weekend at the Youth Rally was a manifestation of God’s perpetual presence – and we can feel Him if we open up ourselves to Him and the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.
Like Moses who prayed to God in the desert to come along in their midst and to journey with them (cf. Exodus 34:4b-6,8-9), let us also pray that He journeys with us and that we may experience God’s presence in everything we do. The Most Holy Trinity wants to be with us; He wants to journey with us, through good times and difficult times; He wants to abide in our hearts and minds; He wants to unite us in our disunity.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen.
Pax et Gaudium
Seminarian Francis Gyau