教区管理者 APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR
Message for World Mission Day 2015
|Message for World Mission Day 2015|
Brothers and sisters in the Catholic Saitama Diocese, greetings on the occasion of World Mission Day.
Every disciple of Jesus Christ is called to evangelize. The risen Jesus said to his disciples: “ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) These words of his are also meant for us, the members of today’s Church.
You, who are listening to this message now, are an evangelizer too. Today, think of how you can evangelize. As a way to consider it, I’m asking you the following two questions:
1. Who is Jesus Christ to you?
Who are disciples of Jesus Christ? They are the ones who believe in Jesus Christ and live according to Jesus Christ.
What, then, does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live according to Christ? How can we express and transmit our faith in Jesus Christ in our own words and deeds?
Evangelizers must be those who express and transmit their faith in their own words and deeds, not in borrowed ones. They must put what they believe into words of their own and put what they believe into practice in their lives. They should be ongoing seekers for deep meaning of the expression of faith through their own words. There are some differences in understanding and expressing faith among people. However, I think it is important to express your faith and at the same time learn from the words of confession of faith expressed by other people.
2. What particular Scripture verses and prayers inspire you?
I assume you read the Holy Bible and pray daily. On this occasion of World Mission Day, it is also important to identify what Scripture passages or prayers deeply resonate with you.
As for me, the following are the Scripture passage and prayer that strongly inspire me at this point.
God who loves all things:
“For you love all things that exist,
and detest none of the things that you have made,
for you would not have made anything if you had hated it.
How would anything have endured if you had not willed it?
Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved?
You spare all things, for they are yours, O Lord, you who love the living.”
(The Book of Wisdom 11:24-26)
Prayer to overcome evil:
“Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Embolism[subsection prayer] after the Lord’s Prayer at Mass)
October 18, 2015
Archbishop Peter Takeo OKADA
Apostolic Administrator of Saitama Diocese