Mass of the students of île de France
published on 22/09/2011 in 2011

The Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Students from all over the Ile-de-France will gather for this traditional student mass. At the end of the celebration, a festive evening will be held in the gardens of the Cathedral.

The mass will be preceded by a prayer-praise time at 6.30 pm.


Cardinal André VINGT-TROIS will celebrate this mass of students, which marks the beginning of the academic year of the young francilians Catholics. For the Archbishop of Paris, this mass is a special occasion to speak to the young people of Ile-de-France. For students, it is an opportunity to pray, to entrust their year to God and to share a strong moment.


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At the end of the ceremony, the students will find themselves during a festive evening in the gardens of the Cathedral around a few snacks and can meet the different University chaplainies of Ile-de-France around different stands.

Organized every year, the student mass is prepared and moderated by a team of students and chaplains of the Catholic student mission of Ile-de-France (M.E.C.I.) which brings together all the French student chaplainies.


Homily of Cardinal Andre Twenty-three
Île-de-France students ' re-entry mass – Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Homily of the re-entry mass of the students of Ile-de-France, takes up some steps of the faith path of every Christian: the personal call of Christ, the invitation to conversion, the desire to better know Christ, the unity of life around him, the testimony of the joy of this encounter.

– 1 S 3, 3B-10.19; PS 39; John 1, 35-42

Dear friends,

In the course of your life, I hope you have heard, in the secret of your heart, a voice calling you by your name. Perhaps it was on a road from the Pyrenees or a path from Catalonia, or through the burnt areas of Castile, or during one night while you were trying to believe that you were asleep. As the young Samuel who hears the Lord call him in his sleep, you have probably heard this call both discreet and insistent: "Peter", "Beatrice", "Sophie", "Cyril", "Timothy". You may have thought you were dreaming and being tempted to forget the dream. How can we indeed be called by someone who is not there?! But a second time, then a third, the voice comes back. Blessed are you if you could then interrogate someone and ask him, "what does this voice mean in my heart? Am I completely insane? Do I have hallucinations? Or does someone really call me? ».

Blessed are you if you could find a wise old man who did not sleep, and who could tell you that it was the Lord. Thus, when this voice was again heard at your heart, you were able to respond as Samuel: "speak, Lord, thy servant listens" (1 S 3, 10). In any way, our whole relationship with Christ rests on this secret dialogue between that voice that speaks in us in an astonishing way and to which we respond as we can. If we agree to submit this experience to the test of dialogue and discernment, we gradually understand that it is not just an imaginary voice, but rather real.

At this stage of our life with God, it is precious for us to find around us some John the Baptist who invites us to take a path of conversion, even if we follow it more or less, sometimes rather more than less, but sometimes less than more! In the first steps of our spiritual life, it is good that we have some guide that provokes us and tells us: "you can live differently. You can look for more. You can implement the word of Christ. "

As Elijah did for the young Samuel by saying to him, "it is the Lord!", behold, one day this John the Baptist tends his finger (as you have certainly seen on a lot of representation) and says: "Behold the Lamb of God" (Jn 1, 36). This also means: "this is the servant of God." By designating Jesus, this John the Baptist reveals the origin of this voice that speaks in us. It highlights the purpose of our research and our questions, our questioning and our hope, and at the same time it gives us the means to understand our disorder and our weakness.

"Behold the Lamb of God." As every time we celebrate the Eucharist, at the time of communion, I will present to you just now the body and blood of Christ, saying "Behold the Lamb of God." Whoever we are trying to go to, and the one we are trying to follow, is the one who turns to us and asks, "what are you looking for?" This is the question we are asked today: what are we looking for? What have we sought so far in these encounters, these paths, these readings, these dialogues, those dreams or those nights when the living Word came knocking on our door? What do we really want? What is the purpose of our desire?

We certainly aspire to a lot of things, and we will probably have to choose, sort and eliminate. Our desire is infinite, but our strengths are limited. We would like to do so many things, but we often feel that we are doing so little. "What are you looking for?" asks Jesus. What is it that mobilizes you and makes you walk? What is the engine of your life? What makes you overcome the difficulties and gives you joy?

You can then let the disciples ' answer rise in you: "Rabbi, master, where do you live?" (Jn 1, 38). These are the words of the Psalm: "I have asked one thing to the Lord: to dwell in the House of the Lord every day of my life and attach myself to his temple" (PS 26, 4). Where are you staying? Where's your place? Where are we going to meet Christ? The true, not that of the paintings, not that of the shows, the living Christ today. "Come and see," said Jesus. And they remained with him "(Jn 1, 39).

The Christ living today is us, it is you, it is the immense people of all those who have begun to hear his call, to answer them and to turn on. It is the countless crowd of men and women who seek to put their word into practice. The living Christ is the one who seeks stubbornness to love to overcome the doubt, the one who gives himself with fidelity to escape the temptation to flee, the one who works with perseverance not only to succeed the contest, but to do what he has to do. It is our joy to meet, our hope, the one who is truly present today: "when two or three are gathered in my name I am in the midst of them" (Mt 18, 20). He is in the midst of us, the one we do not yet know perfectly, but who already lives our heart.

The disciples saw, they remained with Jesus that day. They're transformed. They will go door to door, not far from there, in their village, with their brothers and cousins: "you know, the one we say... We found it, it is Jesus of Nazareth "(Jn 1, 45) little by little, the two disciples who responded to the invitation of Jesus will associate others. They're going to be missionaries. They're going to talk about the one they found out. As we often see in the Gospel, those who have met Christ cannot not say so. They cannot not share the joy that has been given to them with those around them. They are not always well understood, not always listened to. But finally they have to do it. It's as if their heart is overflowing! Then they go. With Philip, then with Nathanael, gradually widens the circle of the disciples. The Group of those whom Jesus called is formed around him. And here we are tonight, all of us whom he called to be around him and to send us to proclaim to the world the good news.

Today, like the young Samuel in his sleep, Jesus calls you. I do not know how he does it, but today he pronounces thy name in the secret of thy heart thy name; He says, "come and see" that you will discover who he is. Give thanks to God who gives us to live this experience, and ask him to send us to share it with our brethren.


† André Cardinal Twenty-three
Archbishop of Paris


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