Engaging in all our works with a sense of Divine Love and Charity, and thus doing ‘mission work at all times!'”
(Based on Hos 11:1-4, 8-9 and Mt 10:7-15 – Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)
A young girl watched her mother washing dishes.
Thinking of how many times she did them, along with all the other housework…
… she said, “Mother, don’t you ever get tired of washing dishes?”
The mother looking at the child with a contagious smile, replied, “Child, I’m not doing dishes…
… I’m building a home!”
When one is completely engaged in one’s works with a sense of Divine Love and Charity…
… one is engaged in mission work and building beautiful lives!
It is to such a life of “mission work at all times” that the Gospel of the Day invites all of us to.
After having summoned, authorized and named His Twelve Apostles, Jesus sends them ahead of Him, to the places of mission.
The Gospel of the day begins with the phrase, “Preach, as you go…” (Mt 10:7)
Some other translations would read as “As you go, make a proclamation…”
This is such wonderfully practical, and yet at the same time, a phrase that is often overlooked: “Preach, as you go….” / “As you go… make a proclamation”
Preaching or Proclamation in our times, is often pictured with a limited understanding…
Preaching or proclamation that takes place…
… only from the pulpit or during a service in Church
… only in the form of speaking and explaining the Word of God
But the words of the Lord are worth noting:
“Preach, as you go….” / “As you go… make a proclamation”
Preach, as you go about doing your daily duties and activities
As you go about your responsibilities and works, make a proclamation
Preach as you go around meeting different people by sharing His love and joy to all
As you go about engaging in numerous actions, make a proclamation by sharing His presence
The act of preaching and proclamation of the Kingdom of God is to be reflected in our every action and movement…
• Whatever we do, may it become an act of proclaiming God’s abundant blessings!
• Whatever work we take up, may it become a moment of preaching God’s amazing providence!
Such preaching and proclamation makes it mandatory that one grows “deeper in dependence” on Jesus – in our life as a missionary of the Kingdom of God.
The act of proclamation needs the “awareness”…
… that I am continuing the Great Mission work that has Jesus as the “Initiator”, the “Sustainer” and the “Finale!”
To be a missionary, one needs to realise that the Lord alone can provide all the graces, strength and courage for the mission!
It is when we totally depend on the Lord, that we are able to boldly face…
… hardships and difficulties in being a missionary of the Kingdom, in hostile situations
… problems and challenges as we seek to live a true Christian life in the modern world
… meaninglessness or emptiness as we go through the ‘deserts’ and ‘darkness’ in life
God invites all of us to engage in mission work and to build beautiful lives
Let’s therefore completely engage in all our works with a sense of Divine Love and Charity…
… and thus do “mission work at all times!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION – BAPTISM
For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism.
For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises.
Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life.
Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth. (CCC #1254)