29th Sunday of Ordinary time
Today happens also to be WORLD MISSION SUNDAY. It is a reminder to us that by our very Baptism we are expected to reach out to the whole world...to bring the Joy of Jesus to all we meet. And the world needs this so badly, right?
Our Holy Father Pope Francis speaks about Mission this weekend. Here are three extracts from his special Message:
- THE GREAT DANGER IN TODAY’S WORLD, PERVADED AS IT IS BY CONSUMERISM, IS THE DESOLATION AND ANGUISH BORN OF A COMPLACENT YET COVETOUS HEART, THE FEVERISH PURSUIT OF FRIVOLOUS PLEASURES, AND A BLUNTED CONSCIENCE. HUMANITY GREATLY NEEDS TO LAY HOLD OF THE SALVATION BROUGHT BY CHRIST.
- TODAY VAST NUMBERS OF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW CHRIST (or have abandoned him). SO FOR US THE MISSION TO THE WORLD CONTINUES TO BE MOST URGENT. ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH ARE CALLED TO TAKE PART IN THIS MISSION...FOR THE CHURCH IS MISSIONARY BY HER VERY NATURE.
- THERE HAS BEEN A GROWING AWARENESS OF THE IDENTITY AND MISSION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL IN THE CHURCH, AS WELL AS A RECOGNITION THAT THEY ARE CALLED TO TAKE AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL.