Launch of Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 for Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The Feast of the Epiphany (“manifestation”) celebrates the visit of the magi and the universal revelation of God’s grace and purpose in Jesus.

Epiphany has special meaning for Christian mission. It reminds us of the Church's responsibility to represent God's mission in every aspect of life in all geographical places. It calls us to share in the narrative of Jesus’s life that unfold in Matthew and the other Gospels - preaching, teaching, healing, feeding, comforting, and living in obedience to God’s will.

Therefore, it is with great joy that we have chosen this day, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, to launch the Extraordinary Missionary Year for the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s encyclical Maxium Illud, which is considered to be the charter of modern missions. In line with this, our Holy Father Pope Francis has set aside October 2019 as the Extraordinary Missionary Month.

Some Dioceses of Malaysia will initiate an Extraordinary Missionary Year with the universal theme “Baptised and Sent – The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” commencing today and culminating with the closing of the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019.

Together as one People of God, we are called to focus on the four main dimensions of this celebration as emphasised by the Holy Father:

  • First, to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist, in the Word of God and in our personal and communitarian prayer.
  • Second, to meditate on those witnesses of missions through the Saints and martyrs.
  • Third, to participate in biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation for works of mission.
  • And finally, to undertake missionary charity as a commitment with the whole Church among the poor and marginalised.

Therefore, as Church, as BECs and as individuals, let us live our baptismal role by responding to the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ to “go into the world and proclaim the Gospel” (Mark 16:15).

Let us be faithful and courageous living this grace and vocation bestowed upon us by proclaiming Jesus Christ crucified and risen for all. He is the Living and Merciful Saviour.

Let us allow the Spirit of God to guide us and let us be like the star that led the wise men towards Jesus.

As we begin a New Year, I pray that it will be a blessed and peaceful one for all of us.

Most Reverend Julian Leow Beng Kim, DD
Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur
Solemnity of the Epiphany
5th January 2019

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