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We are ambassadors for Christ... (2 Corinthians 5:20)
"Christ has made you His ambassadors, the primary evangelizers of your contemporaries." --Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day VIII
An ambassador is someone who represents something to others. For example, there are ambassadors of one country to another. They represent what the one country is and the other country expects the ambassador to act for and make decisions for their home country. So too, we are to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. We are to represent Jesus to others, especially to our peers.
This week, start a Bible study with some of your peers or friends. You don't have to have an organized meeting. Just ask some of your friends or people at school or in your youth group if they would like to meet one evening this week to read from the Bible and talk about what it means. Your parish priest or youth minister probably has lots of resources to help you.
Lord, thank you for inviting me to be an ambassador for you. Give me the strength to represent you faithfully.
A complete description of Pope John Paul II's papacy can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.