TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HAPPY MISSION SUNDAY
Last week I had already mentioned about the message of Pope Francis for the World Mission Sunday 2018. Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all.
To bring the Gospel to all together with the young would mean in the first place — with our family. This is not merely an invitation, but a strong reminder of our responsibility as Christians. This was the duty and the privilege given to us on the day of our baptism. We became members of a church that is essentially missionary. Christ gave this mandate to the disciples before His Ascension “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..” (Mt.28,19) And then on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled them with His gifts to have the courage to preach and the power to heal.
To realize this mandate, Pope Pius XI instituted the World Mission Sunday in 1926. And he suggested these four means of Prayer-animation – celebration and offerings for the mission. We must feel the urgency and duty as St. Paul did when he said “woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel”! (I Cor 1:16) Woe to us if we do not! There is no choice. We shall strive to become good missionaries by our prayers, collaboration, and most of all by the enthusiasm of our life.
God bless the missionaries.
✝ Fr. Mathai Vellappallil SDB