Jacob is the son of Isaac and Rebekah. In his attitudes and acts he is not irreproachable, righteous and transparent, but all the same it is with him that God creates history! Already when he was being born he grasped his brother Esau by his heel. Using a trick he bought the birthright and his father’s blessing. So he has to escape. In Laban’s home he marries Leah and Rachel who give birth to his children. When he was returning home with his whole family he had an encounter with God, during which encounter God changed his name to Israel. This was also the moment of Jacob’s inner transformation, when a treacherous and dishonest man was changed into an indomitable, subject to God one. The article shows these stories in a certain very important key. The history of Jacob’s life and various events connected with it is the way the inspired author shows how God led his chosen one towards himself. This is important for us, who are chosen by God and called to be saint by the mandate of holy baptism, as also each of us has his own history of life, including good and edifying events, but also difficult and ambiguous ones. And if it is so, maybe God—like in Jacob’s life—also in our lives, through exactly such events leads us to himself!
Every vocation is the work of God. It is God who gives the grace and everything one needs to fulfil the vocation. So it was in Abraham’s life. Being called Abraham had to follow his way — the way of faith. All this was given to him that he could learn to look at the events of his life not as a pagan but as God Himself. Allowing the transformation God sends consolation. But He also allows doubts and even sufferings that purify. God acts in certain time continuum and through the definite events. Abraham learns not only to believe in God, but just trust Him. Being put to the test on Moria Mountain he doesn’t hesitate to follow the senseless, from the human point of view, way of life. He has already experienced the great love of God who leads him. Abraham believes God because he has experienced earlier that God gets life out of death! This is the moment when in his deep faith Abraham sees the Resurrection. Being baptized everyone gets vocation to holiness. God also leads us through the way of faith giving us the events we could respond to with the words of Abraham — the words of faith: “God will provide.”
Joseph is born as a very expected and wanted child. The translation of this name is may God multiply or just add. Sold by brothers gets to Egypt. In spite of adversities and injustice he is faithful to God. When he explains Pharaoh’s dream he is appointed governor of whole Egypt. During harvests he stores cereal in granaries to distribute it to the people in time of famine. When his family also suffers from hunger it comes to Egypt. Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and without bearing them a grudge for done wrong he brings father and whole family and settles them in the most fertile part of Egypt. Joseph’s history is the story of the shaping and strengthening belief in God. His way is the way of kenosis. Joseph saves people from death by starvation. He is so then an announcement of Messiah who will pass the way of stripping by saving all people from their sins and eternal death. This story gives also an answer to the question: what is mature piety of Christian life. This maturity is expressed in the fact to see, understand and accept the story of our life.
Homilies addressed to young people are difficult but really vital. Word of God has to illuminate this particular stage of human life. Meeting Christ does not only broaden the life horizon but, above all, it does give hope. The article concerns preaching to young people on the basis of excerpts of Sermon of Mount on salt and light. The positive side of homilies is strong priests’ desire to encourage young listeners to become the salt and the light of life. However the focus on man’s attitude makes Jesus Christ be the great absent one in this preaching. In fact it is Him who is truly the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world. Young people are demanding listeners. To burn the fire in their hearts one has to make the homily the light and the fire. The Words, full of Jesus and His Love to a man, are always the Good News. They give the guarantee that the fire in young hearts will burn like a candle which sets fire of love in other people’s hearts.
Homilie do młodzieży są trudne, ale bardzo ważne. Słowo Boże ma oświetlić ten szczególny etap ludzkiego życia. To spotkanie z Chrystusem nie tylko poszerza horyzont życia, lecz przede wszystkim daje nadzieję. Artykuł dotyczy przepowiadania do młodzieży na podstawie fragmentu Kazania na Górze o soli i świetle. Pozytywne w homiliach jest to, że kaznodzieje bardzo mocno chcą zachęcić młodych słuchaczy do tego, by ich życie było solą i światłem. Ten akcent na postawę człowieka sprawia jednak to, że wielkim nieobecnym w przepowiadaniu do młodzieży staje się Jezus Chrystus. A przecież to On i tylko On jest prawdziwą Solą ziemi i Światłem świata. Młodzi ludzie to słuchacze bardzo wymagający. By rozpalić w ich sercach ogień, trzeba homilię uczynić światłem i ogniem. Słowa pełne Chrystusa i Jego miłości do człowieka zawsze są Dobrą Nowiną. Gwarantują, że ten ogień w sercach młodych zapłonie jak świeca od której mogą zapłonąć ogniem miłości inne świece ludzkich serc.