PASTOR'S COLUMN, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

Submitted by St. Mary on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 1:21pm

Baptized and Sent:

    The Church of Christ on Mission in the World

            

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

   Not only is this World Mission Sunday.  Our Holy Father has designated his prayer intention for the month of October with this focus: for A Missionary "Spring" in the Church:
that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary "spring" in the Church.

  

   When we makes the statement: “You can tell she’s on a mission,” I believe it indicates, among other things, a posture of dogged focus and determination.  These attributes surely come through in the tone of the Scripture readings for this Sunday.  Not only is the widow portrayed by Jesus in the gospel parable a portrait of persistence.  Moses is supported in maintaining his upraised arms as the Israelites battle Amalek.  Finally, Saint Paul exhorts Timothy to keep on  keeping on with the Word of God (to use a slang term).

  

   The following are excerpts from the Message of His Holiness Francis for World Mission Sunday 2019:

 

  ...I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment as we commemorate the centenary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919). Its farsighted and prophetic vision of the apostolate has made me realize once again the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again…

 

...Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practice proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Mt 10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing his mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation (cf. 1 Tim 2:4; Lumen Gentium, 48).

 

...The universality of the salvation offered by God in Jesus Christ led Benedict XV to call for an end to all forms of nationalism and ethnocentrism, or the merging of the preaching of the Gospel with the economic and military interests of the colonial powers. In his Apostolic Letter    Maximum Illud, the Pope noted that the Church’s universal mission requires setting aside exclusivist ideas of membership in one’s own country and ethnic group. The opening of the culture and the community to the salvific newness of Jesus Christ requires leaving behind every kind of undue ethnic and ecclesial introversion.

 

...A renewed Pentecost opens wide the doors of the Church, in order that no culture remain closed in on itself and no people cut off from the universal communion of the faith. 

 

                               Peace, 

                                                  Fr. Stephen   

 

 

For quick access to the entire bulletin for this weekend ONLINE, please click on the link below:

https://container.parishesonline.com/bulletins/14/1101/20191020B.pdf