I really like this quote. His Holiness Pope Francis is speaking on Youth Day to a throng at the beach, relaying to them how they could be like Jesus’ followers by the Sea of Galilee:
I think the youth must have really felt like they were being spoken to be The Savior, through His Vicar… read this and see if you agree…
“Bota fe (put on faith). When we prepare a plate of food and we see that it needs salt, well, we “put on” salt; when it needs oil, then you “put on” oil. “To put on”, that is, to place on top of, to pour over. And so it is in our life, dear young friends: if we want it to have real meaning and fulfilment, as you want and as you deserve, I say to each one of you, “Put on faith”, and your life will take on a new flavour, it will have a compass to show you the way; “put on hope” and every one of your days will be enlightened and your horizon will no longer be dark, but luminous; “put on love”, and your life will be like a house built on rock, your journey will be joyful, because you will find many friends to journey with you.”
Faith, hope and love, however, have a foundation and a model: Christ Jesus.
“Dear young people: “Put on Christ” in your lives.”
From the emotional to the real, Pope Francis indicated the Sacrament of Confession to be reconciled with Christ, with others, and with oneself. He invited them to feed on the “Flesh of the Eucharist,” the Sacrament of Christ’ Presence, of His sacrifice of love. Finally he proposed meeting one’s neighbor in these days in which young people are living a unique experience of cultural exchange with their contemporaries from different countries, and spiritual growth through voluntary work and the catecheses received. He encouraged them to receive Jesus and go out to the world.
“It’s lovely to be here,” said Pope Francis, interpreting the thoughts of the young people, but he also recalled them to their responsibilities and to a mature plan of life when he said:
“Looking at this sea, the beach and all of you, there comes to mind the moment in which Jesus called the first disciples to follow him, on the shore of the lake of Tiberias. Today Jesus asks us again: Do you want to be my disciple? Do you want to be my friend? Do you want to be a witness of my Gospel?