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WYD 2005 – We have come to adore him - 1

02/08/2005: Germany

Who is directing the young people’s journey towards Cologne? John Paul II, in choosing the theme of this WYD: “We have come to adore him”, has invited the young people to start a journey in a similar way to the Three Kings; three mysterious and fascinating persons; three persons led by a mysterious light, who decided to go as far as possible in order to “See more clearly”. These are three protagonists of a long journey because each star has the power to open horizons in the future and to lead one further.

Our world opens, especially for young people, a miracle of light: giving light to attract the looks, to capture affection, to drug the will… We submit to so many consumerist offers of special prices but the message of the Gospel is received in all its beauty but also in all its hardness. On the other hand, life is not something bought in a supermarket but rather something we must build every day with commitment and effort.

The words pronounced by John Paul II during the Eucharistic Congress at Bologna (Italy) are illuminating for this proposal. With these words he presented Jesus Christ as the person who allows all us to live with broader horizons. “Jesus proposes to us a climbing street, which is tiring to run, but one that gives the eyes a greater vastness to see. You have the choice: either remain at the bottom of the valley conforming to the ordinary or confront the tiredness of climbing towards the top where you can breathe the fresh air of truth, goodness and love.”

This WYD seems to offer precious directions for building our own future: a commitment but also a star so as not to try in vain. As the old saying goes: “To plough a straight path, tie your plough to a star!”

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