I was sitting at dinner with some of my non- catholic friends, and they were telling me how awful the dating scene is for them. How shallow it has become. And no one has direct conversations anymore, because it’s much easier to just open an app on your phone and swipe right or left. We no longer develop strong meaningful relationships, because it is easier to live without commitments and “no strings”. We live in a very sexualized society, were everything is easily attainable and gratification is instantiations.
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to go to a conference that was led by Matt Fradd. For those of you who don’t know who he is, I highly advise you go and check out his work. He is a fantastic apologist, who talks about the crisis that we have within today’s culture.
He said that the reason why it is this way, is because people are hungry. They have such desire in their hearts, and they don’t know why it can’t be filled. They move through shallow ‘hook-ups’, hoping to fill that void in their life. And all it does is makes them hunger even more. When the hook- up culture fails them, it is easier just to internalize these desires and to turn towards masturbation and pornography. With smartphones, it becomes a personal theater in the palm of your hand. They don’t see how damaging this is, and how it detaches them from the world and from others. And this hungry that they feel isn’t filled, it’s only numbed for a few minutes before they want more.
The hungry that we all crave is Christ Himself. He is the only one who could possibly fill this hunger that we have deep inside each and every one of us. It isn’t until we fall in love with Christ do we truly see this desire that He has deeply placed into our hearts.
Have you ever thought about why it is that we want to be in union with one another? Why is it that we enjoy the company of those that we love?
This is because we were naturally designed to be in union, with each other and with God. He wants us to love Him in return; He hungers for our love as well. God has beautiful written this desire into our DNA, our call to true love. It isn’t what the world tells us what love is. Our longing comes from Christ.
Don’t fall into the lies, put down the phones and pick up the bible. See what He has to tell you today. He is going to be the one who will fill your hunger.
I’m going to leave you today with the words from St. John Paul II:
“It is Jesus you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
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