Reflections from the Pastoral Associate – October 18, 2015

Today, being Mission Sunday makes the theme of the willing servant quite fitting. The ideal missionary is so devoted to the good of the people whom she/he is sent to serve that they plan both their activities and their life-style to match the real needs of those people. Mark’s Gospel offers the perfect example of dedication to the service of others as fundamental to Christian discipleship. Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve” and this example must always be a guiding light for his followers. He went about doing good, bringing justice, healing, forgiveness and kindness into people’s lives. This is why those who believe in him are challenged to give themselves, their talents and their time, to the service of others without seeking any other reward than knowing that this is extremely worthwhile. It is tempting to be selfish with our time and energy. But today’s Scripture calls us to examine our conscience, and to face the question, “What can I do for my community, rather than what can my community do for me?” It is one of the most basic values we have to keep on learning throughout our lives.

Pope Francis says all of us should see our faith through the lens of mission: “Mission is part of the ‘grammar’ of faith, something essential for those who listen to the voice of the Spirit who whispers ‘Come’ and ‘Go forth.’ Those who follow Christ cannot fail to be missionaries…”

As baptized Catholics, we are responsible for connecting with our mission family and sharing with them the Good News of God’s love for all people.
God bless you all,
Joann Maier

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