“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict
I was putting together my homily for this upcoming Sunday (Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time) and I couldn’t help but be reminded of this quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict. It is a truly amazing and moving quote for me. I believe it s such because of the way that it resonates with the truth of our faith, the truth that I know and have experienced. Does this quote not strike at the heart of the gospel and at our fear to embrace it? I think we know that this is such an important choice. I think we know that there is a lot at stake with this choice. I think this is why this choice is so hard to make it. My friends, I invite you to make it. If you have already made it, make it again. Renew you choice for Him. I will today make it with you. Lord, I am afraid! Lord, I choose you. I invite you fully into every aspect of my life. I choose you Lord and I give myself to you. I choose true life! Lord, give me the confidence that you had in the Father when you went to the cross, and my salvation will be assured.