"I am the way and the truth and the life"
During Youth Group this week, one of our high school students shared some insecurities about beginning high school, and rightfully so. It's a scary time! Right now, many who are beginning middle school, high school and college fear failure, and that's a healthy fear. We set expectations for ourselves and want to achieve them so badly that we fear falling short.
Jesus tells us that he loves us and has a "wedding feast" prepared for us (Mt.22:2). All we have to do is respond to this invitation (as the phrase goes, "we have ONE job"). The task should be simple: RSVP for and attend the exciting event. But sometimes we let our fears and indifference hold us back.
Solution? Here comes a typical Catholic answer that we ignore now because we hear it so much: Prayer. Let that word mean more to you today. Make it a real encounter with the Lord who wants nothing more than to see your success, happiness, and peace. When we do this, we can begin this new school year with confidence, not in ourselves, but in him who loves us.