The message from Pope Francis was given to the youth at WYD, but it could easily pertain to us as we try to bring others to Christ and His Church.
RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS)—Pope Francis commissioned some 3 million young people to join forces and form what could be called Missionaries Without Borders.
“Where does Jesus send us?” he asked World Youth Day pilgrims July 28. “There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.”
In his homily, Pope Francis told the young people that evangelizing requires a personal witness of love for God and love for others, especially the weak, the poor and the defenseless.
When the psalm says “Sing a new song to the Lord,” he said, it is not talking about a certain set of lyrics or a specific melody, rather “it is allowing our life to be identified with that of Jesus; it is sharing his sentiments, his thoughts (and) his actions.”
“The life of Jesus is a life for others,” the pope said. “It is a life of service.”
The pope did not mince words with his young audience, telling them: “Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God, it is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did.”
“Jesus does not leave us alone; he never leaves you alone,” the pope said.
And the church does not leave any of its members, or even small groups, to go it alone, he said. “Jesus did not say: ‘One of you go,’ but ‘All of you go.’ We are sent together.”
“Be creative. Be audacious,” he said. “Do not be afraid.”
You are invited to take the words of Pope Francis to heart and join the Felician Sisters in encouraging others to know the goodness of God through your example and words of comfort.