• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 27 July 2018 11:09

Mission calls us to be with the people


Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150“Our time is short, so we must spend it with the people, not structures."

This was one of the key insights from the outgoing Superior General of the SVD, Fr Heinz Kuluke, at the recent General Chapter in Rome, and I think he’s hit the nail on the head.

Mission must always be people-centred, because it is the heart of people that we are trying to reach with the love of Jesus Christ.

Structures are necessary in large operations to ensure that everything runs smoothly, but as Fr Heinz points out, structures can never be the end game.

As missionaries, we have to regularly return to a kind of Gospel simplicity in the work we do and this involves us being open to ongoing renewal.

The General Chapter, of which you will read more in this edition of In the Word, called us to engage in this kind of renewal.

“The love of Christ impels us to do His work,” Fr Heinz said in his report to the General Chapter.

“We are about renewal, which is really conversion – changing old habits, and even our missionary direction by letting go of the old. We need to think outside the box.

“Our static relations need to become dynamic – we need to be with the people.”

I think that our SVD ministries here in the AUS Province are people-focused, but I have returned home with a fresh impetus to make this question our measuring stick: Is this ministry or activity truly geared towards being with the people? If not, how can we make it so?

This will require ongoing renewal and conversion on our part, but it is where Christ calls us to be - with the people, especially the poor and marginalised, sharing the love of Christ. That’s mission.

When we strip it back to those bare essentials, we once again encounter the fire of Christ’s love in our hearts and we can’t help but want to share it. 

It’s a call not just for those in vowed religious missionary life, but for all Christians. 

Come join us in mission!

Yours in the Word,

Fr Henry Adler SVD,