Missions Large and Small
Our Gospel this weekend begins with the words, “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two.” Now perhaps you’ve been moving about in this summer heat in groups larger than two, but no matter the size, there’s also been a purpose – a mission – placed upon your activity. The beauty of seeing our summer activity through the lens of Jesus’ missionary work is that our selfish instincts, impulses to self-pity, or feelings of inadequacy can fade to the background for a time. The work of a missionary is not first their own – they are preciously chosen and given a word from above to be shared. This shared Word of God blesses the recipient but also returns in abundance to the giver. Just look at some of the missions at work in our midst:
♦ Our new associate priest, Fr. Jose, is expected to arrive this Tuesday evening and should join us for Sunday liturgies next week. He will be a missionary to us, and I know you’ll join me in giving him a hearty St. Aug’s and St. Mary’s welcome.
♦ Just last Thursday, we were blessed to have friends from Slovenia visit us as they toured the sites of prominent Slovenes: Bishop Baraga, Bishop Trobec and Fr. Pierz. Again, they brought the universality of the Church family with them.
♦ In the coming weeks, I hope you’ll be able to hear the testimonies of our Peruvian missionaries, whether from the ambo, the back of church, our stockholders dinner, or other conversation. What missionary momentum this adventure has created!
♦ Also, we welcome back our Steubenville missionaries on Monday – please ask them about their adventures and be that “oxygen” that fans their faith into fire.
Of course, one does not need to travel great distances to respond to Jesus’ missionary call. In fact, might I encourage each of you to pray about someone in your neighborhood that you’ve been meaning to (re)introduce yourself to6let your mission be across the street!
With praise and thanks to God!