A Pilgrim’s Experience: Make Some Noise (El lío) - Part III

One of the most tweeted messages after World Youth Day was the words of Pope Francis to the Argentinean youth gathered at the Cathedral. He said: “Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise.” What is the noise (lío) he is talking about?

What kind of characteristics do we see in young people? Adults may say that young people are dreamers. They are full of energy to change the world because they don’t feel at peace with what the world has to offer them. They have hope for a better future. This is what is at the core of being young. On the contrary, it is sad to see young people who have left behind who they are (their dreams and hopes) because they are filled with everything worldly and comfortable which is perishable, losing sight of what is above.

The Pope is inviting the youth to be young, to have the courage to go out of themselves and to find answers to the most important questions in life. Go and make noise! Yes, don’t stay stuck in what you are used to, but rather, go and conquer your dreams of true happiness and fulfillment! Make some noise by going against the culture of selfishness we live in, and make an impact in the world changing it for the better! Go help the homeless and the poor; be a brother, a sister, a father or a mother to those who don’t have a family, to those who are forgotten or lonely at nursing homes and hospitals because no one visits them; be patient with your family members, forgive and love them until it hurts, as Blessed Mother Teresa said.

This is an inspiring video of Christ in the City Missionaries ¨making some noise¨ in Denver!

Pope Francis continued: “The parishes, the schools, the institutions are made for reaching out ... if they don’t, they become an NGO, and the Church cannot be an NGO.” Instead, be the Church, the heart that beats for Christ and in Christ, making Him present in every corner of the human existence. Many are hungry for His presence. Many are living as beggars and they don’t even know it because they have fed their hearts with “junk food.”

Dear young friends, as you return to your homes, do not be afraid to be generous with Christ, to bear witness to his Gospel. In the first Reading, when God sends the prophet Jeremiah, he gives him the power to “pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant” (1:10). It is the same for you. Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world. Dear young friends, Jesus Christ is counting on you! The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you!

If you are young, be young…if you are not that young anymore, be young at heart! Let’s go and “make some noise” in the world to change it…It is never too late for that… today is a good day to begin!

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