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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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August 26th, 2013
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[425] 1 Thess 1:2-5, 8b-10
Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a+9b
Matt 23:13-22. 

Sing to the Lord a new song, of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
A few times in high school I attended some youth conferences. It was amazing. 4,000 high school students letting go and letting God, it was perfect. At these conferences, the youth group that I led, one that I used to take part in, was always saying how they loved being on their "Catholic high". Being at the conference really reassured them that they were where they wanted to be, they had found God in everyone who was present and putting all of themselves in the conference. I would soon see my students acting as Jesus acted; always caring for others, even if they were strangers. At break, we would move around as groups or even pairs, making new friends and inviting them to share meals with us.

For the Lord loves his people, and he adorns the lowly with victory.
When these conferences would end, they would emulate Christ. Not saying that my wonderful students were lowly, but we are the laity. We may not have a big name in the world, but to each other and our communities we were the victorious ones. My students especially saw how Christ made their lives different. Coming back from the conferences we would always hold reflections and the biggest thing that would always come up, was how they wanted to change and make a difference in their lives. When talking to friend about these conferences, my students could see how other Catholics wanted to experience this because they wanted to grow deeper in their faith and really feel what we were feeling.

Let the high praises of God be in their throats. This is the glory of all his faithful.
In the end, I suggest taking part in a conference. Though these students were high school students, conferences are for anyone of any age. They allow you a moment to express your love to God and feel the love that God has for you. I suggest that you just let go, and let God!

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