Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "As Christians and ambassadors, we are the voice of Jesus Christ in our respective environment", said Fr. Harold Kouakou on Sunday 18 October, in his homily on the occasion of the official celebration of World Mission Day in the diocese of Yopougon.
The diocesan vice director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Yopougon asked the faithful, who were present in large numbers, to question themselves about their missionary commitment and their own following of Christ.
"In the mission we will encounter difficulties and misunderstanding of all kinds. And we will ask ourselves: Lord where are you? But only when we say "here I am, send me, we will see if we are really ready to answer this call", he underlined.
Fr. Wilfried Bogui, diocesan director of the PMS of Yopougon sent the lay and pastoral workers of the diocese on behalf of Bishop Jean Salomon Lézoutié at the end of the Mass that he presided over on the Sunday of the World Missions in the parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Yopougon.
In his speech at the end of the Mass, Flore Kouandé, President of the Diocesan Council of the Laity, thanked the first parish priest of the diocese of Yopougon, Mgr. Jean Salomon Lézoutié, the representatives of the Pontifical Missionary Societies and the chaplains of the movements, associations and prayer groups for their accompaniment in the mission and encouraged the laity to resume their activities, reminding them of the essence of mission: "We are all called, thanks to baptism, to proclaim the good seed through our apostolate, individually or in groups and associations, through our witness in real life".
The Mass of World Mission Sunday and the sending of the members of the Diocesan Council of the laity on mission was preceded the day before, Saturday 17 October, by a missionary vigil at the Saint Mathieu parish of Yopougon Cité Verte, centered on the theme "Here I am Lord , send me to do your will". (S.S.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/10/2020)