“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” — Jeremiah 1:5

The world we live in today is incredibly superficial: it is a world where everyone is able to filter their personality and only present the best parts of themselves, the parts of which they are proud. But what the Father is so clearly telling us in this passage is that He knows us. He sees past the facades we erect and the personas we adopt and gazes into our hearts: “God does not see as a mortal, who sees appearance. The Lord looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) How wonderful is our God that He sees beyond what we present to the world and knows us, with all our weakness and sin, and still loves us enough to die for us. The Lord God knows us, loves us, and longs for us to love Him in return.

“I would create the universe again just to hear you say that you love Me.” (Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila)

But how do we know that the Father loves us? John the Evangelist gives us the answer in his epistle: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1) We are so loved by the Father that He made us a part of His family through Baptism: by this great sacrament we have been made sons and daughters of the King of Kings.

Join St. Leo the Great Youth Ministry this year as we explore what it means to be known by the Father, and what it means that we are His children. Regardless of whether or not the Father has felt distant in the past, or even if He feels distant now, come journey with us as we rediscover what it means to be a beloved child of our Heavenly Father.

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