The Scene Congress brought to life, for the Church in Sydney and especially its young people, the vision of what the New Evangelisation is - that we can't keep the Gospel to ourselves, we are called to evangelise. Yes, the old evangelisation continues to bear fruit for a small number, but modern man is so wounded by the culture which he is immersed in, that we need to seek new ways of reaching him with the Gospel.
I don't think that there was a single delegate of Scene who did not come away without being switched on to the reality of the New Evangelisation. And, unlike so many Catholic events - even WYD itself - which leave the participant enthused but sometimes somewhat unclear about the message, many Scene delegates commented about how focussed the Congress had been and how clearly they has imbibed its message - that we are called to seek new ways of evangelising, of bringing people to Christ the evangeliser.
In the next post I will speak about the daily themes of the Congress, and some of the speakers, but suffice it to say, that after the late morning Mass each day, delegates were sent out onto the city's streets with a luminous message - Christ's love saves.