Part 6: Elizabeth Dives into her Story
Elizabeth is a teenager at a Catholic church in Illinois. Sharing her story as a young person trying to connect more with God and the Church, she uses the image of a pool. If swimming in the pool is a metaphor for being a committed disciple of Jesus, she used to be a person at the side of the pool, perhaps just dipping her toe in. Then Elizabeth took the opportunity to get involved with the youth ministry at her parish, and a series of talks by adults and conversations with her peers about the most fundamental questions of life and faith. She says she was drawn in by the simple but profound and engaging teaching in the sessions, and also by the way she was able to form a community of friends in faith in her small discussion group, which included the same people week to week. On a retreat the group did together, she was moved by a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit during an extended time of Eucharistic adoration and the youth ministry leaders praying over the young people. Sharing her story, Elizabeth now describes herself has being “in the pool” in terms of her relationship with God – and she’s even begun inviting others to come jump (or wade!) into the water too.
Sometimes it’s the younger people among us, including our teenagers, who can witness most powerfully to what Jesus can do in our lives when we give him the chance. That’s Elizabeth’s Easter story. What’s yours?
Happy Easter Season – still!
Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J.