Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup!
What do players do when they are asked to join a team?
They have to train, and to train a lot!
The same is true of our lives as the Lord’s disciples.
You are Christ’s athletes!
You are called to build a more beautiful Church and a better world.
Full text of Pope’s vigil remarks:
Go and make disciples of all nations.
Jesus did not say, “If you would like to, if you have the time,” but “Go.”
It is a command that is born not from a desire for domination or power but from the force of love, from the fact that Jesus first came into our midst and gave us, not a part of himself, but the whole of himself, he gave his life in order to save us and to show us the love and mercy of God.
Jesus does not treat us as slaves, but as free men, as friends, as brothers and sisters; and he not only sends us, he accompanies us, he is always beside us in our mission of love.