Today we enjoyed a wonderful assembly with Fr Lim to learn about being a Missionary Disciple, which is our theme for this term.
We started by saying Happy Easter to one another! We are in the season of Eastertide which lasts for 50 days. It is a time to celebrate the joy of the resurrection.
Fr Lim has visited us each term this year to talk to us about each of the Bishop’s three themes.
We revisited the themes of Encounter and Discipleship before exploring this term’s theme.
Encounter – Spending time with Jesus
Discipleship – following in Jesus’ footsteps
Missionary Discipleship – Being sent out telling people the word of Jesus
For a long time, people thought that we must travel the world to reach people who have never heard about Jesus. But Pope Francis tells us that we don’t even have to leave our house to be a missionary disciple: we can talk to the people in our families about the Good News.
Jesus’ apostles were the first missionary disciples: they were given a task by God to go and spread the Good News. Some set up local places of worship, some travelled around the world, others wrote about Jesus’ life to teach us about His miracles. These are big missions to accomplish! To be a missionary disciple, we don’t need to do anything quite so dramatic: we can start this at home with our families.
Fr Lim gave us an important message: sometimes we can drift away from our faith and forget the joy we experience in our lives when we praise God. Being a missionary disciple can start as small as asking your family to join you in prayer and coming back to God. This is spreading the Good News! Remember, being a missionary disciple is not about seeking out someone who has never heard of Jesus, it can be bringing people back to Him too.
You can watch the assembly here: