Hey, Well my weekend was tiring, exhausting, painful, long, loud, and well worth it a thousand times fold. In my weakness Christ provided my strength. In my pain, he provided Grace. over 21,000 Catholic high school aged youth were at NCYC, and I was blessed to be able to work at it also. My high lights for the weekend, although I could talk about it for hours, and pages upon pages, will be brief.
This was my 3rd NCYC, I got to see my little sister there, and my mother who is never scared to show or share her faith (That’s probably where I get it). Well, I worked in the Reconciliation Chapel for about 3 hours, helping to seat people down with a Priest for the Sacrament. The line to Confession was about a 3 hour wait, totaling well well over 7,000 people for the weekend. Saturday we had over 65 Priests hearing confessions, and working in that hall was AMAZING! The Grace was Thick! It was part of my job to see if the priests needed water, or a break, and the general response from the priests was I’m fine, just keep them coming. AMAZING SELFLESS LOVE!!!! I could talk about it for an hour or so, but I will just say it was Amazing.
The other thing that really stood out to me was the closing mass for Christ the King, I was sitting in choir with the other seminarians and some of the Deacons. As I went up to the altar to receive the Blessed Sacrament I was then directed help dispense Holy Communion to the crowds. As I was being guided by a volunteer to where I was to distribute the sacraments, I realized who am I? Well that’s a pretty general statement, but then I thought about it deeper. Who am I to distribute Christ the son of the Loving God, who am I to discern the call to the Priesthood, Who Am I?? Well the answer is simple I am nothing, I am not worthy, but with Christ I am made whole, I am made worthy, and I am made to be used by him.
Well next thing I know I am standing by a Deacon and another seminarian helping to distribute Christ to the church. I looked into the eyes of everyone and proclaimed that this is “The Body of Christ”and with their response of Amen our tradition teaches that they understand and believe. I was humbled by this experience and also brought in closer to God’s call for me.