• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:31

Our 'yes' to God is first step in life of mission

 

Henry Headshot 2019 150 Light background“Be it done to me according to your word.”

This wonderful fiat, this powerful ‘yes’ to God from the Blessed Virgin Mary was the theme explored by the young people of the world at World Youth Day in Panama in recent days and it reminds me that each of us has to continually make our own ‘yes’ if mission is to thrive in our world today.

In his final remarks to the young people at Mass in Panama this past Sunday, Pope Francis challenged them not only to make their own ‘yes’ to God, but to go out and share their love with others.

This is the essence of mission. To encounter Christ, to learn of and experience his love for us at a personal level, and then, crucially, to go out and share it.

“I ask you not to let the fervour of these days grow cold,” the Pope told the young people gathered in their thousands before him.

“Go back to your parishes and communities, to your families and your friends, and share this experience, so that others can resonate with the strength and enthusiasm that is yours.  With Mary, keep saying ‘yes’ to the dream that God has sown in you.”

As Christians and as missionaries, we are called to do the same. Having experienced the love of Jesus, and known the difference it makes in our own lives, how can we not share it?

The Divine Word Missionaries have been sharing the love of Christ with the poor and marginalised throughout the world since the late 1800s. This month, we celebrated the feast day of our founder St Arnold Janssen and St Joseph Freinademetz, missionary to China. From St Arnold’s dream of sharing the love of Christ with those who had not encountered him, has grown the world’s largest religious missionary Society.

However, the call to go out and share Christ with others is not just for vowed religious missionaries in far-off lands, but for all Christians, young and old. Having said ‘yes’ to God we are called to share the Good News with our family, our friends, our workmates, those in need in our community, the poor, the forgotten.

As 2019 gets underway, let’s renew our ‘yes’ and, as Pope Francis says, go back to our communities and share our experience of divine love, whether through joyful testimony or acts of loving service. This is mission.