The Jornada Movement is the visible icon of God’s love and mercy. These words might well sum up the meaning of the Jornada Movement. God’s love has become tangible and real for the thousands who lived their Jornada; and the Jornada movement continues to show that love of God to all through the words and actions of Jornadistas. In fact, this entire movement reveals the love of God. Let us take a moment and contemplate our Jornada. It was a weekend of joy, peace, and serenity. Your Jornada – the word itself reveals the love of God. Your Jornada, the bridge that connected you and God, when you opened your heart to being loved by Him forever. Your Jornada – the moment we gazed into the eyes of another and saw our brother and sister who join us in this journey of life. At times, we are called to look even more attentively at our Jornada so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s love for our world. For this reason, we will celebrate the Jornada’s 50th anniversary. It is a special time for our movement, a time when Jornadistas young and old might grow stronger in faith and more effective in charity.
The Jornada movement will always be a great gift to our youth, for no one can ever limit the effectiveness of Jornadistas. Our 50th anniversary recalls our challenge to keep the movement alive and vibrant as we enter a new phase in our history. Let us open the window and allow the true breath of the Holy Spirit to enter, to speak of God’s love to our youth in an accessible manner, and to proclaim the Gospel in a new way. It is a new phase of the same mission that has existed from the beginning, “Youth evangelizing youth.” Our 50th anniversary is a breath of fresh air, so all Jornadistas can bear greater witness to their faith with greater enthusiasm and conviction; to take on the responsibility to be a living sign of the Father’s love in the world.
Our anniversary will begin on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7pm, at Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church. This is the anniversary of the first Jornada lived in 1967. Therefore, we recall God’s action in the movement for 50 years, that God has never left or abandoned us and that God has turned to us in love and chose us to live the Jornada. When our world, our city, and our youth was in need, God responded with the fullness of love in establishing the Jornada movement. I will have the joy of celebrating with you on that day through which my hope that all will come in joy and celebration giving thanks for the gift of the Jornada movement. Celebrations will take place as a movement and I invite every zone and group to have celebrations throughout the year so that we will be a visible sign of God’s love and mercy to all Jornadistas and non-Jornadistas.
With these sentiments of gratitude, for everything the Jornada movement has given, and with a sense of responsibility for the task that lies ahead we shall take our Jornada – our journey – in celebration of 50 years.