Theme for World Mission Sunday calls us to evangelize to the best of our abilities
by Sister Donna Koch
This Sunday, World Mission Day, has the following theme: “Hearts on fire, feet on the move.” The image of ‘feet setting out’ reminds us once more of the mission entrusted to the Church by the risen Lord to evangelize all individuals and peoples, even to the ends of the earth.
Pope Francis explains to us “that we are rooted in a twofold love, namely Christ’s love for us and our love for Christ. Today more than ever, our human family, wounded by so many situations of injustice and so many divisions and wars, needs the Good News of peace and salvation in Christ.”
It seems that in our readings today, God is on the move: reaching out and blessing, preparing the way even for those who do not know who God is, naming, grasping by the hand, holding onto, choosing for the work of faith and the labor of love, and asking us to respond in justice and rightness to those situations which need support.
All of us can contribute to this missionary movement in some way with our prayers, our activities, our material offerings, the offering of our sufferings, or our personal witness. Maybe for some of us our feet are no longer able to move as we would wish but our hearts can still be on fire for all those who rely on our support in prayer.
Something to reflect about:
- What is your experience of God calling you?
- How has God graced you in your need?
- How have you been called to grace others in need?
- What does “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” mean for you?