June 30. 13th Sunday Year B. On this last Sunday of Youth Month Fr Alexis spoke to the youth and to their families. “When young people are discerning about their future and many people come to explain their different organisations or types of work, there will be some who may be considering a calling to the priesthood or religious life, not as a job but as a ministry of care for others. Do parents welcome this, show interest and discuss the matter openly?  Are we, or the young, the ones to make excuses about possible problems?  Parents might think who will support us in our old age?  Youth might worry about this too as this is sometimes a tradition, or they might worry about not being able to marry or have money. What does Jesus expect from his followers in whatever way they are called even if it not to a fulltime commitment?  Are not all  his followers called to be lifegiving in their own particular ways?  

Reflect, share, scripture: As a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that their abundance may supply your want that there may be equality. 2 Cor 8:7-15.  Pope Francis: Being Church means being God’s people, in accordance with the great plan of fatherly love.  We are to be God’s leaven in humanity.  It means proclaiming and bringing God’s salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthening on the way.  The Church must be a place of mercy freely given where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel. EG 114. ACTION AND PRAYER. Consider how families deal with the question of careers and especially a vocation to religious life.