The Mission of the Church is the mission command of Christ: “Go out to all the world and proclaim the Good News, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. This command, given to the apostles and us, is as poignant today as it was 2,000 years ago. It is a precept (command) of the Church that everyone see themselves as an ambassador for Jesus Christ—a missionary for God.
The Church celebrates World Mission Sunday today, and, every day this week we are to pray for the conversion of sinners and for those who have abandoned the True and Holy Faith—The Catholic Church! In recent years, I have heard leaders in the Church tap down such efforts and enthusiasm for the salvation of souls (including our own). This is a very sad development. The result has been a decrease in the practice of the Faith, and, a loss of knowledge regarding what we teach and believe. There are moral absolutes and Divine Teachings that do not change with the winds that blow. These Truths provide an anchor on the shaky ground of the modern day. It also requires our necessary efforts at invitation and correction, when needed, to show to others the value of these truths, the Scriptures, and the moral life, as a remedy to the ills of our lives.
As this week moves forward, spend time praying the rosary for those who have left the Church. Say a Divine Mercy Chaplet for those who remain faithful. In all ways, thank God for your Faith. Be humble when inviting others to learn more. And, be confident that what Christ commanded is a duty for every Christian: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Good News”.