The Soul of the Mission
In a message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the theme: “Charity: soul of the mission.” This sense of charity is showed with our solidarity with fellow believers as we celebrate the Eucharist together and contribute to a collection for the work of evangelization around the world. For 80 years now, we have reached out lovingly towards our brothers and sisters in the missions. World Mission Sunday is our great act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially those who are in need, through our prayer, sacrifice and sharing.
In today’s gospel, we are reminded of our mandate to serve in imitation of Christ who gave his life as a ransom for many. We are invited to appreciate the spirit of love and service that Christ has left us as a legacy. In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we are given a glimpse of God’s suffering servant, who has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases, in obedience to will of the Lord.
After more than 50 years of witnessing to Christ’s gospel, we, as a Christian community at St. James, are asked to re-visit our sense of mission. We are challenged to review our stewardship of our lives, our time, our treasure and all the gifts that God has bestowed on us.We are called upon to continue witnessing to gospel values of care and hospitality, love and generosity, and justice and peace. We have to assess our sense stewardship of our gifts, our resources, out time and our treasure. How do live the gospel mandate of sharing ourselves by reaching out beyond our own comfort zone?
Mission comes from a Latin word which means being “sent”. We are sent just as the Son of God is sent by the Father. We are commanded to proclaim the Good News of God’s kingdom in our world. We are sent to share ourselves with others, in terms of spending our time, our resources and our gifts especially with those who need our help and support. May our response to Psalm 33 be also our prayer to God as we re-visit our sense of mission: “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place out trust in you.”