Nehemiah 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
“My child, there is no place on earth where my Word is not profaned. On this holy day, when I have commissioned all of you to make disciples of all the nations, do not turn away from your calling, but begin with reverence for the Word. If you think you can be missionaries apart from the Word, you are mistaken. It is the Word that gives life to your words. Let the Word fill you. Immerse yourself in Scripture—you cannot spread what you do not know. Be my disciples, but ground yourselves in the Word. It is your anchor and the Church is your steersman. Do not embark on your mission without them, dear children. Keep to the prayers and live in true joy.”
Heavenly Father, beloved and merciful, keep us rooted and grounded in your Word and teach us to follow you in the teachings of your holy Church, so that we may be effective fruitful missionaries to all those you send us. May your kingdom come! Amen. Alleluia!