Today is World Mission Sunday. Since 1926, the Universal Church, at the invitation of the Pope, has designated this Sunday in October to commit itself to continuing the mission of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth and to take up a collection that is used to support priests, men and women religious and lay people in their mission efforts.
This time, as the Church places before us this Extraordinary Mission Month, we are being asked to look how we – each of us – embodies the mission of Jesus in our daily lives. Pope Francis chose the theme, Baptized and Sent, to focus our reflection because the very work of being a missionary begins in the Sacrament of Baptism. Each time we enter a church and take holy water to remind ourselves of the graces received in Baptism, we recommit to being a missionary. This doesn’t mean going to far-away lands. The mission is right in front of us! In an increasingly secularized age, the Gospel needs to be proclaimed, but it also must be lived! Being fully committed to knowing our faith, living it and allowing it to affect every aspect of life makes the mission of Christ present.
On this World Mission Sunday, make a personal pledge to our Lord that you will be a Missionary Disciple. Ask this intercession of the great missionary saints to pray for you in being more and more faithful to God and in accomplishing the mission of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.