Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this love with the world, Pope Francis said at Mass yesterday for World Mission Day. Source: CNA.
“Those who bear witness to Jesus go out to all, not just to their own acquaintances or their little group. Jesus is also saying to you: ‘Go, don’t miss a chance to bear me witness!’” the Pope said.
“My brother, my sister, the Lord expects from you a testimony that no one can give in your place,” he continued. “‘May you come to realise what that word is, the message of Jesus that God wants to speak to the world by your life ... lest you fail in your precious mission.’”
Pope Francis spoke about the missionary mandate of the Church during a special Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. The Mass also falls during the Church’s celebration, in October, of the Extraordinary Missionary Month.
The Mass also took place during the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonian region, a meeting of bishops and others at the Vatican this month, to discuss the Church’s life and mission in the Amazon region.
In his homily, Pope Francis emphasised the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: to “go and make disciples of all nations”.
He noted other occasions when scripture refers to God’s desire for all people to be saved, such as in 1 Timothy, when St Paul writes that God desires “all to be saved,” and in Isaiah and the Psalms when it says “all peoples”.
“The Lord is deliberate in repeating the word all. He knows that we are always using the words ‘my’ and ‘our:’ my things, our people, our community... But he constantly uses the word all. All, because no one is excluded from his heart, from his salvation,” Francis stated.
He told Catholics to consider whether they take the time to have a personal encounter with the people they run across in their daily lives. “Do we accept the invitation of Jesus or simply go about our own business?” he asked.
The instruction Catholics have received from the Lord to “make disciples” is simple, he said, but care must be taken to make people “his disciples, not our own”.
World Mission Sunday around Australia (Catholic Mission)