Brazil - "Give me this water": theme of Salesian Youth Day 2018

04 September 2018

(ANS - Campo Grande) - The request of the Samaritan woman who appears in the biblical story in the Gospel of Saint John (4, 13-15) confers a decisive change during the intense dialogue with Jesus, which takes place near Jacob's well. From this meeting, a change is born, a testimony of faith is born. In the same way our youth is called to meet with Jesus and fill their place of God.
In this way the theme of the "Salesian Youth Day" is born. The proposal presented to follow this theme is that today's youth are thirsty and thirsting for God.

In a generation where information is very quick and easy and where a self-sufficient and selfish conception of life is proposed, Jesus' action is an example of humility in asking for water from that woman, in a land considered unclean by the Jews. So, too, are our young people today who are eagerly trying to quench their thirst by listening to the words of Jesus and living the life of Christ and are placed in the world to convey this joy to those around them.

The mission of educators is to walk and above all to accompany young people. "Accompanying the young," writes Pope Francis, "requires going out of our own pre-packaged schemes, meeting them where they are, adapting to their times and their rhythms; it also means taking them seriously in their difficulties to decipher the reality in which they live and to transform an announcement received in gestures and words in the daily effort to build their own history and in the search, more or less conscious, of a meaning for their life."

Young people want to quench their thirst and go to the source that is the source to quench that most deepest thirst. This is the desire of the Youth Day: "Quenching the thirst for life by proposing Jesus Christ as the only source."

As long as today's young do not find the true source, he or she shall seek other sources and remain restless and ill-at-ease without ever appeasing truly their profound thirst. But the thirst for this "water" that comes from God allows us to connect with the reality that is not yet seen and cannot be fully tasted.

Starting from "water", the theme of the research of thirsty youth is dealt with in the current context. Today's young people feel the need for close, credible, coherent and honest figures.


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