Prior to this Vigil, I was in the back room where all those involved with the day's liturgy gather to hear final instructions and pray together. There was a young man serving as an Eucharistic Minister, like me. He seemed to have some slight developmental disabilities and kept interrupting the very frazzled liturgy coordinator and the priest. At one point we who were Eucharistic ministers, were told that at the point immediately following the baptisms we were to go and light our candles to help the rest of the congregation's candles. This would then mean we were all holding lit candles for the renewal of our baptismal vows.
As our liturgy coordinator was finishing, the young man interrupted saying, "So we are Ministers of Light tonight too!" At the moment, it frustrated all of us as we were all rushing to understand the details of roles for the night. Now I regret my frustration.
I have been pondering those words, Minister of Light, for the last week. It really resonated with me. After all, isn't that what we are all called to be?
The field of youth ministry presents us with the hidden depths of the lives of teens. We are called to bring the Light of God. His love, his forgiveness, his guidance, his constant presence are to be our message. We are called to bring the Light of Community. The youth today are connected to the Internet, sports, music and so forth. We are called to offer the Light of a deeper spiritual community where they will be challenged, loved, and protected. We are called to bring the Light of Love. Not the love they see on TV or in the latest self help book. Rather the complex love that is unconditional but will challenge the kids as much as it accepts them. There are countless ways we are to be Ministers of the Light
The Catholic Church celebrates Easter for the next few weeks until the Ascension. Throughout this time, I am going to focus on my role as a Minister of the Light.
May you be the Light and may you see the Light.