The BLD is not a community unique from all other Christian communities, for though they may have different missions, all are called to obedience and service to the Church. We were all called to renewal through the BLD for a special reason. Through this community, God has gifted us with the character of the Holy Trinity. He has recreated us into a new person, given us wisdom through teachings, and He has removed our heavy loads and allowed our inherent goodness and holiness to shine. These gifts are instruments that have been given to us so that we may bear fruit as we “Go...and make disciples of all nations.” It is not a coincidence that tonight marks the start of the ME#45 weekend. A weekend where the Blessed Trinity will not only bring the participants healing and peace but also offer them the opportunity to grow more spiritually and become holier couples and families. The Newark community has been blessed with dedicated and committed disciples whose faithfulness to the Lord’s calling has been very fruitful in giving birth to new communities and disciples on the East and West coasts of the United States. Many have also gone back to their respective parishes with greater fervor and zeal to serve the Lord’s people through His Church.
As disciples of Jesus, let us remain faithful to our calling and continue to bear much fruit by spreading His word, bringing others into His light, and making them His disciples. Let us call especially on the younger members of this community. We must pass the anointing to them and start teaching and training them to do the work of the Lord, to bring their peers to a renewed life in Christ through this community.
Let us recognize that it is our young people, living out there in the world, who will become the next generation of evangelizers and witnesses for the Lord. It is they who can re-ignite the fire that we once saw blazing through this community, making weekends like this one overflow with candidates. Together with them, let us not shy away from this calling to evangelize and bear more fruit, always remembering Jesus’ promise to us: “...and behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20)