For many years our parish has used the Mission Statement, “Christian Disciples in Mission” to give an understanding of who we are called to be and what we are to do with this calling. For this year our theme is “Grounded in Prayer and Mission.” Again the word mission defines that followers of Jesus Christ are to be active in making people aware that God is present in their lives already.
Jesus uses his disciples, (the 12 and others) to go out into the world and proclaim the good news. The early Church, which includes St. Paul and others, also traveled far and wide on mission for Christ. Mission is to the world, but also is supported by worldly goods.
Jesus and the disciples need money to live, to travel and to care for the human needs of others. They needed to rely on the generosity of people to help their mission. St. Paul and others are shown in the scriptures relying on different communities and certain individuals who gave their resources to help fund the mission and their living accommodations. Jesus, his disciples, and early followers all relied on money to help the mission.
In November, our community will be like Jesus, the disciples and St. Paul and others, calling upon the generosity of all parishioners. The mission we are called to needs to use worldly resources to bring the good news to the world. As we prepare for Stewardship month, giving, praying and serving, we remind all parishioners that we are all on a mission. We are grateful to everyone who offers their gifts for the mission.
Peace in Christ,