'This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission'
By Mwelu A. Makunu, JCAM Communications
In this year’s World Mission Sunday the Holy Father called on all Catholics and the Church to revive missionary awareness and commitment. A message released by Vatican on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis writes about the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulses to her work, preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ. The World Missionary Sunday falls on the penultimate Sunday of October every year. It will be observed on October 20, this year, with the theme "Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World."
The World Missionary Sunday was instituted in 1926 by Pope Pius XI. The annual day is marked with prayers, encouraging cooperation and support for missions. It reminds and makes aware Christians about the missionary character of the Church and its fundamentality.
In his message, Pope Francis states that "The Church is on a mission in the world, faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the world with God's own eyes and heart. Hope opens us up to the eternal horizons of the divine life that we share. This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission… This life is bestowed on us in baptism, which grants us the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, the conqueror of sin and death… Our mission, then, is rooted in the fatherhood of God and the motherhood of the Church."
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