The Pearl Jubilee of Martyrdom:1 Feb 2019 -2020.

Matthew 13:45-46

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

 In Africa’s present situation the Church is called to make the voice of Christ heard…Through her ability to see the face of Christ on the face of children, the sick, the needy and those who suffer, the Church is helping slowly but surely to forge a new Africa. In her prophetic role, whenever peoples cry out to her: “Watchman, what of the night?” (Is 21:11), the Church wants to be ready to give a reason for the hope she bears within her (cf. 1 Pet 3:15), because a new dawn is breaking on the horizon (cf. Rev 22:5). Only by rejecting people’s dehumanization and every compromise prompted by fear of suffering or martyrdom can the cause of the Gospel of truth be served. “In the world”, said Christ, “you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).
Oh Blessed Benedict Daswa,you found the “pearl of great price,” in our Saviour Jesus Christ and “sold all that you had” even to the point of shedding your blood for Christ.Pray for us  to the Lord so that we too can become like you and “overcome the world.