A service that all can give to each other on and live the encounter with Jesus in and pilgrimage is living discipleship in a full and through his Church among their peers and intense way, witnessing through word and in their daily lives. especially deeds the joy found in life in Christ. Continuing the Pilgrim Journey SENDING At World Youth Day, the Church puts its Pope Francis asks us: “Where does Jesus send trust in the young. pilgrims need to be trusted us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends that they will make the type of “noise” that us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, Pope Francis called them to do at the last not just for some. It is not only for those who gathering in Rio de Janeiro.14 He challenged seem closer to us, more receptive, more young people to assist the Church in “going welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be out into the streets.”15 The theme of World afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area Youth Day 2016 is “Blessed are the merciful, of life, to the fringes of society, even to those for they shall receive mercy” (Mt. 5:7). who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Leaders can prepare pilgrims to live mercy Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the more fully in their lives after the pilgrimage warmth of his mercy and his love.” 13 experience, especially through works of mercy, charity, and justice and through The role of the leader continues even after the depending on the Lord’s mercy, especially in events of World Youth Day come to an end. the Sacrament of Reconciliation.16 The journey does not conclude, though, when the pilgrim arrives back to their parish, home, The pilgrim journey is a lifelong one that workplace, or campus. Instead, it continues might include additional World Youth Day onward because all pilgrims are sent forth and experiences, possibly even being a pilgrimage called to live as missionary disciples. leader in the future. A leader for this World The leader assists, equips, and accompanies Youth Day can identify others who may serve all pilgrims in this act of “coming down the well as future leaders. World Youth Day mountain” so that they might come to a leaders have been called by God for this deeper understanding of their experiences service, often through the invitation of Homily for Closing Mass on the Occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013, no. 1. 14 Pope Francis, Meeting with Young People from Argentina, XXVIII World Youth Day, July 25, 2013. 15 13 16 16 Ibid. Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2237-2449.