Be not afraid. Go and tell my brethren
to go out to Galilee. There they
will see me.
We read the Acts of the Apostles during
the Easter season. In the early
Church, faith in Christ was shown
through the model Christian community.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, faith in
Christ spread throughout the world.
The first missionary of the gospel
was a woman. gOn the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. There, she
heard an angel say the Good News, eThe One you are looking for is not here. He is risenf.h
Mary entered the tomb and saw that it was empty. Then she went to tell the disciples the
On that day, Jesus appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. This showed the truth
of the resurrection. From this time, the actions of the disciples are well recorded in
the Bible. The disciples became witnesses of Jesusf resurrection- eating and talking with
Peter met our risen Lord in many special ways. We, too, must become witnesses of His
The truth of Jesusf resurrection became the cornerstone for the missionary activities of
the disciples. For us, too, the resurrection should be the cornerstone of our faith.
For us, Tokushima is our Galilee. For us, the book of salvation history (the Acts of the
Apostles) is being written now. We must tell our families, our friends, and our co-workers
about the resurrection of Jesus. We must not simply be ggood peopleh. We must be
witnesses of Christ. How can we be witnesses of Christ?- by our words and actions.
Christ is alive even in todayfs society. For example, Christ lives in those who work
for peace, in those who help others, in countries which accept refugees, in those who
assist the poor, and in those who strive to be meek.
I wish all a Happy Easter.