This Tuesday our parish is going to have a beautiful celebration. 159 people, most of them teenagers, from our parish community will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Undoubtedly, this will be a "church" moment. We will have the presence of the Bishop, the priests, deacons of the parish, and the people of God. Celebrations like this show the union and the strong foundation that we have as a church, and the richness that each one of us contributes to the construction of it. Hopefully you are able to attend this celebration.
The celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation is also an opportunity to remember our own confirmation. I believe that this is a very good opportunity to return to the meaning of the sacrament of our own confirmation. Especially if some of us, like me, were confirmed the same day we were baptized.
The church has opted to confirm young people in their teenage years because we believe that young people are willing to choose Christ and his church’s teachings as a way of life. And that is what we pray to God for. These teens have been preparing for two years for this moment.
But, what is the sacrament of confirmation?
The sacrament has two components. The first is, in simple words, to become aware and consciously embrace the faith that our parents and godparents undertook to help us live on the day of our baptism. In other words, when we were baptized our parents and godparents promised to help us live our faith as Catholics. And, assuming that they did their job well, those who make their confirmation are "confirming" that decision, but now in a conscious way. Maybe it will help us to understand a little bit that you can only confirm what already exists. And the people who receive the confirmation are confirming in them a reality that already exists.
A second element of Confirmation is the mission. All baptized persons have the mission of being witnesses to Christ in their own vocation in life, with their own personality, and with the gifts and talents that God has given them. That is, being disciples of Christ commits us to be witnesses to Christ wherever we are and regardless of the vocation to which God has called us. The mission is fulfilled by living the Christian values and is expressed through our life: with our attitudes, with our words, with our actions. All this takes on a new expression through the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us in the sacrament.
Let us ask God to renew in us the sacrament of confirmation, and let us also ask him to make our brothers and sisters who are going to receive the sacrament true witnesses to Christ in our world.