Day 3 of reflecting on the memories of World Youth Day:
One year ago today, we had the welcoming ceremony with the Holy Father. I still remember some of the dances that were performed and just the liveliness of the whole event! I mean, there were pilgrims from 184 countries! There were 2 million Catholic young people gathered in the same location! This was the living Church that I wrote about yesterday at her finest, at her most beautiful! Just the diversity represented astounded me–how vast is the Body of Christ!
From here, I want to focus on the rich soil. What makes rich soil work? It’s a combination of things working in concert with each other: the dirt, water, minerals, natural fertilizers, worms and other critters, etc. Each of these elements are distinct yet are considered part of the same, rich soil. Why doesn’t the road or thorns or weeds work? Because the elements of that environment don’t work in concert with one another to successfully nurture a seed.
I’m not sure where the other 2 million of my fellow WYD participants are with their gardens. But my prayer today is that we all recognize this burdensome yet wonderful, small yet engulfing, quiet yet world-changing seed that’s been sown in each of us.