Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 11:19 am
Our evangelization work must be motivated by a relationship of love with Jesus, an Australian bishop told a group of young English-speaking pilgrims at World Youth Day.
“We need to invite people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and allow them to discover,” said Bishop D. Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia on July 26.
The bishop was among the English-speaking catechists at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Held July 24-26, the catechesis sessions allow pilgrims to be divided into smaller groups by language in order to hear a formation talk by a bishop, participate in a question-and-answer period and have the opportunity for prayer, song, Mass and confession.
Bishop Hurley observed that it is rare to have the “experience of being totally and absolutely at home” in this world.
“It's a wonderful and extraordinary gift to be at home with God,” he said.
Being at home requires the recognition that you are loved, he continued, pointing to his father as an example in his own life of “an extraordinary expression of unconditional love.”
Experiencing love is an important part of evangelization, the bishop told the pilgrims.
“I think that if we're really going to be missionaries, we've got to have in our own life this deep and abiding conviction that God loves me.”