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Homily for the Joint Confirmation for the Southern Block (Deanery) of Saitama



Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


September 20, 2015 at Urawa Church

First Reading: The Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
Second Reading: The Letter to the Galatians 5:16-17, 22-25
Gospel Reading: John 14:15-17, 25-26

Confirmation, which we’re about to celebrate, is the sacrament that lets you share in the grace of Pentecost. Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit on you and makes you evangelizers to proclaim the Gospel boldly. You’re now commissioned to proclaim the Good News, put the teachings of Jesus into practice, and spread your faith in Lord Jesus among people.

The seven gifts conferred through the sacrament of Confirmation are shown in the Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit offered by the bishop: wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence, and wonder and awe in God’s presence (cf. Isaiah 11:2-3).

The mission of the Church is evangelization. All the faithful who have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are entrusted with this mission. Evangelization is not the task reserved only for bishops and priests: Everyone who has received the Spirit of God is an evangelizer.

You must express your faith in your own words and spread it. Whether the time is favorable or unfavorable, you have to be ready to confess your faith on your own (cf. 2 Timothy 4:2).

How would you answer the following questions?
“Who is Jesus Christ?”
“How did you come to believe in Jesus Christ?”
“Why do you believe Jesus Christ is the Savior?”

You must also be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you (cf. 1Peter 3:15).

As well, you must live by the Spirit of Christ day by day to present and communicate Christ to others.

Let us savor the Second Reading recited today:

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)

Life is a hard journey. It abounds in temptations every day. In order to be blessed with this wonderful fruit of the Holy Spirit and go on our journey of life, we must not grow slack in daily prayers

All the faithful are called to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Christ and live the love of Christ according to their own positions, lives and environments.

You, who are receiving Confirmation today, are especially to take this mission of evangelization to heart. You’re receiving the mission and grace to evangelize.

My prayer is that the grace of the Holy Spirit to evangelize always be upon you.

[All the Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition (NRSVCE), copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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