Last night I spent some time with the confirmands talking about faith and their questions about it. I was once again impressed by their spirit of observation, and their many questions. From: How do I know that God listens when I pray? to How do I know God is real? to Why do catholics practice such and such in their services?
Questions that reminded my that we are created with a keen sense of observe, with inquiring minds and indeed we can question everything. It is that quality that I love in young people. It is something I pray I will never lose for myself. Recently I was reading Timothy again, and I have to tell you I love his faith story, because it speaks about the life journey of a young man that starts at home, with the faith of a faithful mother and grandmother, and when that faith grips the heart of the young man, God uses that in an amazing way.
2 Timothy 1:1-7The Message (MSG)
1 1-2 I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours!
To Be Bold with God’s Gifts
3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss you a lot, especially when I remember that last tearful good-bye, and I look forward to a joy-packed reunion.
5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
Today I pray that all of us will have that chance of meaningful conversations with our families and the people brings in our life. I pray that we all can have that insight to listen for the real questions and that someone might have, and I pray that we can have the wisdom to answer them.