By Sister Natalie Sayde
On Pentecost Sunday, May 15th, the MYO groups from Lawrence, Boston and New Bedford came to the Mother of Light Convent to celebrate Divine Liturgy and enjoy a day of retreat with the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light.
Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Monsignor David George, who set the tone of the day in his homily when he asked the teens to remember that their lives are a proof of God’s love, and challenged them to witness to this everyday. Msgr. George asked them to consider whether people recognize them as children of God by their actions, not just by their words.
Later in the afternoon, in his presentation on “Jesus as the visible face of the Father’s mercy”, Msgr. George spoke to the teens about the parable of the Prodigal Son, which he later renamed, the parable of the Merciful Father. Msgr. George emphasized to the teens that God is the only constant in their lives; that He is ever-present, ever-watchful, ever-waiting and ever-ready to meet us wherever we are. We need not be afraid of our past or apprehensive about our future, God is always there for us in loving attentiveness to embrace us and bring us home.
In our small group discussions, we discussed how we can bring the Father’s mercy to others in practical ways, such as, community service, praying for the sick and suffering, and befriending the outcast in our schools and playgrounds.
We had so much fun throughout the day, as we played basketball, soccer, Frisbee, and even had potato sack races!
A special thanks to Msgr. David George for his presence during the day, it was an absolute blessing! A special thanks to all the chaperones and teens that came from Lawrence, Boston and New Bedford.