|A view of the Cathedral of Sts. Stanislaus and Wenceslas situated next to the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill in Krakow. In this cathedral St. John Paul II celebrated his first Mass as a priest in 1946, was consecrated a bishop in 1958, and installed as the archbishop of Krakow in 1964. The presence of a church at this site dates back to around 1025. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)|
Blessed be God!
With just a few hours before we left for World Youth Day, I headed into Mass with so many things flying through my mind of what still needs to get done and what to expect when we leave. My prayer before Mass was to have God help me focus on what He wanted to tell me today (as best He can — given that my two children were also vying for my attention.) God did not disappoint.
In the Gospel reading I heard, "you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing."
It made me realize I have been Martha for two years, helping to plan and prepare for this pilgrimage. Now, however, it is time to stop and focus on the "one thing," on the whole reason why we've spent so much time working on this pilgrimage: to have an encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
While I know the stress and anxiety will not fully go away while we are gone, making sure everything goes just right, I will be strive during those moments to stop, slow down, and rest at the feet of Christ. I will look for those encounters with Him throughout this pilgrimage, and I hope and pray that the other pilgrims spend this pilgrimage resting in the Lord, for it is the one and only thing we truly need.
Jason is the director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Fort Worth. He is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Keller.
With just a few hours before we left for World Youth Day, I headed into Mass with so many things flying through my mind of what still needs to get done and what to expect when we leave.