Pope Francis has declared for the universal church an Extraordinary Mission Month in October 2019. The theme is “Baptized and Sent – The Church of Christ on Mission in the World”. On this World Mission Sunday, we are invited to reflect on the lives of missionary disciples who have gone before us, and to renew our call to announce the Good News of God’s mercy and love for everyone.
“Our mission, then, is rooted in the fatherhood of God and the motherhood of the Church. The mandate given by the Risen Jesus at Easter is inherent in Baptism: as the Father has sent me, so I send you, filled with the Holy Spirit, for the reconciliation of the world (cf. Jn 20:19-23; Mt 28:16-20). This mission is part of our identity as Christians; it makes us responsible for enabling all men and women to realize their vocation to be adoptive children of the Father, to recognize their personal dignity and to appreciate the intrinsic worth of every human life, from conception until natural death. Today’s rampant secularism, when it becomes an aggressive cultural rejection of God’s active fatherhood in our history, is an obstacle to authentic human fraternity, which finds expression in reciprocal respect for the life of each person.”
Excerpt from Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday 2019. To read the entire message, please click HERE.