Reflection for World Mission Sunday

by Fr F. Huwn msfs

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Is 2:1-5; Rom 10:9-18; Mt 28:16-20
“I have no other plan; I am counting on them.”

S.D. Gordon has a beautiful story about the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. When the grand welcome ceremony was over, the Archangel Gabriel approached Jesus to resolve his doubts. He said, “I know that only very few in Palestine are aware of the great work of human salvation You have accomplished through Your suffering, death and Resurrection. But the whole world should know and appreciate it and become Your disciples, acknowledging You as their Lord and Saviour. What is Your plan of action?”  Jesus answered, “I have told all My Apostles to tell other people about Me and preach My Message through their lives. That’s all.” “Suppose they don’t do that?” Gabriel asked. “What’s your Plan B?” Jesus replied, “I have no other plan; I am counting on them.” On this World Mission Sunday, the Church reminds us that Jesus is counting on each one of us to make Him known loved and accepted by others around us.
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October 2020: The Laity’s Mission in the Church

by David Stewart, SJ

Prayer Intention of Pope Francis The Laity’s Mission in the Church: We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

A busy, Sunday morning at our North London parish. A request between Masses. “Please give me permission, Father, to do this certain thing (exactly what must remain private) if the church allows it.” Another parishioner, known as a forthright character, chided the questioner: “What do you mean, if the church allows it! The church is all of us.” But far from being ill-tempered, it was a lovely moment. Each felt a different warmth for their church. Continue reading “October 2020: The Laity’s Mission in the Church”

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr Francis Huwn msfs

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By baptism we are called to the wedding feast in the kingdom of God

In every culture, food is an essential part of celebrations – from the wedding banquet to the Christmas meal. As families and friends we gather around the table, not just out of necessity, but because the time spent together there has emotional, spiritual, and human meaning. At the table, a deeper sense of unity among all is present; food unites as much as it nourishes. So, we can understand why food, and the sharing of it, is so present throughout Scripture.

We see that image in today’s readings from the great banquet foretold by Isaiah with its rich food and choice wines, to the wedding feast in the Gospel. What can a royal wedding feast tell us about God’s kingdom? The king invites people for the royal party for his son’s wedding. Surprisingly, people who are invited decline the royal invitation. What do we make of from this? In this parable, the Lord Jesus is helping us to understand the sacrament of Eucharist.
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Mission Sunday: “Here I am, send me!”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2020

Here am I, send me (Is 6:8)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I wish to express my gratitude to God for the commitment with which the Church throughout the world carried out the Extraordinary Missionary Month last October. I am convinced that it stimulated missionary conversion in many communities on the path indicated by the theme: “Baptized and Sent: the Church of Christ on Mission in the World”. Continue reading “Mission Sunday: “Here I am, send me!””