World Mission Day.
Sunday 22 October
Message of the Holy Father Mission at the heart of the Christian faith
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, “the very first and greatest evangelizer” (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away. So it is important to ask ourselves certain questions about our Christian identity and our responsibility as believers in a world marked by confusion, disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars that unjustly target the innocent. What is the basis of our mission? What is the heart of our mission? What are the essential approaches we need to take in carrying out our mission?
Mission and the transformative power of the Gospel of Christ,
the Way, the Truth and the Life, Mission and the kairos of Christ.
Mission inspires a spirituality of constant exodus, pilgrimage, and exile.
The service of the Pontifical Mission Societies carry
out our mission with Mary, Mother of Evangelization.
Dear brothers and sisters, in carrying out our mission, let us draw inspiration from Mary, Mother of Evangelization. Moved by the Spirit, she welcomed the Word of life in the depths of her humble faith. May the Virgin Mother help us to say our own “yes”, conscious of the urgent need to make the Good News of Jesus resound in our time. May she obtain for us renewed zeal in bringing to everyone the Good News of the life that is victorious over death. May she intercede for us so that we can acquire the holy audacity needed to discover new ways to bring the gift of salvation to every man and woman.
Full text available at www.vatican.va World Mission Day 2017
Sunday 15 October
As we are now into the season of Spring, the time when colour appears, days are getting longer, birds are always singing and hopefully some rain has fallen, it is good to stop and notice the beauty around us.
Listening to Spring
I am listening to seeds breaking open,
to roots growing strong beneath the ground
to green shoots rising up.
I am listening to wildflowers dancing through the fields.
I am listening to the skies with it many changing moods,
To opening buds and greening grass.
I am listening to the breaking forth of light
In the vestibule of dawn.
I am listening to the freshness of the morning.
I am listening to music rising up from all the earth.
I am listening to spring soaring on the wings of life,
I am listening to the sounds of spring.
I am listening to the growing in the garden of my heart.
I am listening to my heart singing songs of resurrection.
I am listening to the colours of life.
I am listening
Taken from The Circle of Life © 2005 by Joyce Rupp, Macrina Wiederkehr.
Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.
Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
Sunday 1 October
On Wednesday this week we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, that young man who gave away everything to follow Christ. Francis lived as a mendicant, owning nothing but a rough tunic, begging or working at menial tasks for his food. His particular concern was for the outcasts in society. Having been inspired by words of scripture, “As you go, preach the message, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not keep gold, silver or money in your clothes, no wallet for your journey, nor two tunics, no sandals, nor staff; for the labourer deserves his living” (Matt 10:7-10), this became his way of life, and he embarked on a ministry or preaching.
We also know of the Canticle of Creation and the Peace Prayer attributed to St. Francis. This may be good for reflection in the coming week.
Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord.
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness only light.
And where there’s sadness ever joy.
Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
Social Justice Sunday.
Sunday 24 September
Everybody’s Business: developing an inclusive & sustainable economy.
Pope Francis has called for an economic system that places men and women at the very centre – one that meets the needs of all people and is just and sustainable. He denounces economic structures that take a purely utilitarian view of human beings, treating them as mere elements of production, to be thrown away if they are not seen as useful or productive.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017-18 is titled “Everybody’s Business: Developing an inclusive & sustainable economy.” It is built around the gospel for this Sunday where Jesus tells the parable of the workers in the vineyard, where all are active contributors and are recognized for their human dignity.
Here is part of the prayer for economic justice.
God of justice and compassion
whose light shines into our hearts
and into our nation’s halls of power,
strengthen our faith as we acknowledge
the enormity of our task:
to include all in the prosperity of this land.
May we be instruments of your compassion
as we take up the needs of the poor,
may we be instruments of your mercy
as we bring truth to greed and neglect,
may we be instruments of your creative spirit
as we seek to make our world anew.
In Christ and through the Spirit we pray….