Saturday after Ash Wednesday
"Leaving everything behind, the man got up and followed him"
Listening to Christ and adoring him leads to courageous choices, to decisions that are at times heroic. Jesus makes demands, because he wants us to be authentically happy. He calls certain people to leave everything in order to follow him in a life as a priest or in a consecrated life. May those who hear this invitation not be afraid to answer “yes”, and may they generously follow him. But aside from particular vocations to a consecrated life, there is the vocation of every baptized person. It, too, is a vocation to that “high degree” of ordinary Christian life, which finds its expression in sanctity (cf. Novo millenio ineunte, At the beginning of the new millennium, 31).
So many of our contemporaries do not yet know God’s love or are trying to fill their heart with insignificant substitutes. It is thus urgent to be witnesses of the love contemplated in Christ… The Church needs authentic witnesses for the new evangelization: men and women whose lives have been transformed through their encounter with Jesus; men and women who are able to communicate this experience to others. The Church needs saints. We are all called to sanctity, and only the saints can renew humankind.