In this season of graduations, many are reflecting on what is means to become an adult now that they have earned the title of graduate. In a homily delivered the day before he was elected Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger provides some insight:
Being an adult means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature.
Brothers and sisters, there is standard of the Truth and there is the standard of what the world decides is truth today: your level of maturity—what type of adult you are—can be gauged by which standard you follow.
The immature adult lacks the firm foundation found in the personal conviction of the Truth. This firm foundation is built through knowledge of and experience with Christ Jesus. Therefore, to become an adult an live a life worthy of your calling, learn all you can about Christ Jesus and in doing so, you will have more experiences with Him to develop a friendship.
No matter your age, you can become an adult starting today. If you struggle in knowing Christ, one of the best places to start is by understanding Him through His teachings. I think the best place to learn about His teaching is the Sermon on the Mount found in chapters 5 -7 of the Book of Matthew.
Now I do not believe telling someone to just go read the Bible and all their problems will be solved. If that were true, we could all stay home and read our Bibles and never need a Scripture teacher. What I would suggest is reading these three chapters from Matthew using Lectio Divina method.
Lectio Divina translates from Latin to Divine Reading. It is a method developed over 800 years ago to “hear” God speaking directly to you and your needs through the Scriptures.
For more information on Lectio Divina, view this website. Be sure to scroll halfway down to the the videos of Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins. In the first one, he does a great job of explaining the process.