Many have warned us, many have written about the dangers. And now look what we have. I was alerted to something today in my email and it saddened me greatly to see how ‘Another Jesus’ is taking His place. In a monstrance the eucharist sits, apparently not just bread, but the real deal Christ.
Mat 24:26 If therefore they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe it not.
The word chambers in Greek is very descriptive of the monstrance when you think about it…
Neuter contraction of a presumed derivative of ταμίας tamias (a dispenser or distributor; akin to τέμνω temnō, to cut); a dispensary or magazine, that is, a chamber on the ground floor or interior of an Oriental house (generally used for storage or privacy, a spot for retirement): – secret chamber, closet, storehouse.
A group of young people, many of whom would not be out of place in a trendy nightclub, are becalmed in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar, deep in contemplative prayer, magnetised towards Jesus. The holy rosary is recited and there are priests hearing Confessions all around. This is not a typical model of Catholic youth ministry in Britain and yet Youth 2000 marks its 20th birthday this year with an abundance of fruits to celebrate since its founder, Ernest Williams, had a vision of young people around the world adoring the Eucharist and founded the lay evangelisation initiative in 1990.
This is one example of the daring of an organisation with a very simple message that has transformed the lives of thousands of young people: the power and healing of Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.
he devotion that was popularised by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century has caused a ripple that has spread outwards to young people in Britain who have been brought back to friendship with Jesus, active involvement
"We encourage people to pray silently and deeply before the Blessed Sacrament," says the Youth 2000 website. "In our day-to-day lives we are surrounded by the TV, music and mobile phones beeping. The silence allows people to focus on deepening their relationship with God – for us to speak to Him, and for Him to speak to us."
Youth 2000’s mission statement is to give young people aged between 16 and 25 a gateway back to God. The website is written to appeal to a young audience. Praying to Our Lady is a way of being "whisked to God" while praise and worship is a "hymn gym". The weekly prayer groups convened around the country are places to "chill out not freak out".
For many the experience of praying the rosary for the first time is visceral. "I had never prayed a rosary before Youth 2000," says one. "But I soon realised it was Our Lady leading me back to Christ."
At the 1989 World Youth Day, Pope John Paul II said: "You young people have in a special way the task of witnessing today to the faith; the commitment to bring the Gospel of Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life – into the third Christian Millennium, to build a new civilisation, a civilisation of love, of justice and of peace."
To see my other posts on this ecumenical eucharistic worship see HERE.