We Are Sent to Love & Share
Mission, which means “sent”, is expressive of a maturity in the faith. Christian life is a life that goes beyond the self, beyond our comfort zone, beyond our racial or ethnic boundaries, beyond parish jurisdictions. Faith communities are meant for other communities. The Church has always sent missionaries, to “go into the whole world and preach the Good News to all peoples”. The original missionary is “Jesus Christ, sent by the Father, the first Missionary, who is the Savior of the world. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life…” Jesus Christ has become “bread broken for the life of the world…” He is our Eucharist. As Christians, we become the Eucharist for others. We become Christ’s presence to others.
As the Father sent His Son, so does the Son sends His followers. The missionary nature of our faith stems from the diffusive character of God’s love. The more divine love is shared, the more it becomes fruitful. It grows and develops as it gives itself away. The love it shares is the love it keeps and more… People who have decided to share their resources for the sake of the faith often realize that their generosity has been more than compensated. God is never outdone in generosity. He is generous with those who are generous.
As we celebrate World Mission Sunday, let us re-assess our commitment to share not only our faith but also our resources with others. We do this through our stewardship of God’s gift of life and its resources. Or is our faith not strong enough to feel the urgency to share? Is it too weak not to realize the urgency to share it? As we renew our faith during this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday, let us make our own resolve to strengthen our faith by sharing it more and more in both little and big ways. Let us share more of ourselves as well our own resources with others, especially those who are in need.