• 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, 26 October 2018 10:57

Life is mission. And mission is love

Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150The month of October is always a big one for the SVD community as we take part in the worldwide celebration of World Mission Sunday and all the surrounding events.

This year, Pope Francis addressed his message for World Mission Day to young people, saying he would like to reflect with them “on the mission that we have received from Christ”.

“In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God,” he wrote.

“What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.”

He then went on to make the simple but wonderful pronouncement that “Life is a mission.”

“Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth.”

What a wonderful thing to reflect on. We’re not just engaged in mission, but it’s something much more personal than that. Each of us is a mission.

The implication of that is significant. It means that by my life, by the way I live, the person I am, I bring the love of Christ to others. That’s mission.

No matter my age, my job, where I live – my life is to be a living expression of Christ’s love. Mission is no longer something that others do, but something that I am.

If I accept that “Life is Mission”, I must examine how I’m living my life. How am I being mission? Who am I reaching out to in my life with the love of Christ? Who is in need? How could I help?

Need is all around us. People have different needs. Perhaps they are lonely and need some company. Perhaps they are hungry and need food, or maybe they are a migrant or refugee who needs welcoming. 

We, who are members of the Society of the Divine Word have given our life to Christ’s mission in a particular way. We would love for others to come and join us in that. But a missionary life is available to everyone, whatever their life situation. All we have to do is love.

“This transmission of the faith, the heart of the Church’s mission, comes about by the infectiousness of love, where joy and enthusiasm become the expression of a newfound meaning and fulfilment in life,” writes Pope Francis.

Love is infectious. Let’s share it. Life is a mission. And mission is love.

The full text of Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Sunday is featured in the reflection section of this edition of In the Word.