Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reason no. 27 why I remain Catholic: Mission

What is mission? 

Most people conjure images of people in the jungles of Africa or in the deep rainforests of the Amazon trying to communicate the Word of God to the natives. Yes, that is one form of mission. The Church has gone to the ends of the earth, from the time Jesus ascended into heaven, preaching the Good News.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,g and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. Acts 1:8-9

Mission, in its essence, is preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet in our everyday lives. Not everyone can drop everything and go to the "ends of the earth" so we tell others of Jesus Christ and what he did for us personally in the market, on the street, in our schools and workplace.

This is more doable!

But how do I preach if I do not really know what to say?

This is where prayer and formation come in. You do not have to become a theologian. In fact, the best way to evangelize others and live "the mission" is to simply give witness as to what God has done in our own lives. We do not have to complicate things. In fact, Pope Paul VI said it best when he wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Nuntiaandi" "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses."

This is our mission, to give witness and to do it where we are using our gifts and talents.

Yes. You need to know about your faith. Read Scripture. Take a Bible Study course at your parish. Pray. Pray. Pray. Go to Adoration. Watch movies or read books about the Saints. Listen to podcasts. There are numerous ways to acquire knowledge about God, just consider your sources.

But friendship and testimony are probably the most important and the most valuable ways we can go on mission. This only requires our story and our relationship and love for others.

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