‘The definitive aim of catechesis is intimacy with Christ,’ wrote John Paul II in Catechesi Traendae. At Franciscan University, we repeat that phrase so much to our students that it becomes a cliché. But the reason we repeat is so often is because it is so often forgotten. There seems to be so many other things to talk about! Our Lord’s words to the busy Martha can often be applied to our catechetical work as well: ‘You are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful.’ (Luke 10:41-2)
Martha’s sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to have a deeper encounter with Him. How can we help our youth have the same kind of encounter today? The answer is in the Gospels.