The WORD in Other Words by Sr Elena Rosa SSpS (Philippines)
Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5, Mt 10:7-15
Do you believe yourself as a missionary‘?
The word “mission” means, “being sent.” Mission is not limited only to priests and religious. Mission is a grace given to each one of us by virtue of our baptism. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we have been incorporated into the big family of God. As such, we become one with Christ in His mission to spread the reign of God.
Are we aware of this privilege? Of this blessing? As instruments of God‘s mission, it is good to ask ourselves, “Do we reflect the Sender?” When people encounter us, will they eventually see and acknowledge the Sender and not us? As sent, missionaries retain their individualities but what makes them the same is the mandate they received from the Sender. As missionaries, we are to bring God‘s good news of love to all people; be instruments of God‘s peace and healing to all we encounter — to the sick and the suffering in body, mind and spirit; and to the poor and marginalized in society.
Through the intercession of St. Benedict, and in the spirit of our Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, may our lives proclaim that the Holy Triune God truly live in our hearts and in the hearts of all people.