Our Mission, Together!

In the Creed, immediately after professing our faith in the Holy Spirit, we say: “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church”. There is a profound connection between these two realities of faith: indeed it is the Holy Spirit who gives life to the Church, who guides her steps. Without the constant presence and action of the Holy Spirit the Church could not live and could not carry out the task that the Risen Jesus entrusted to her: to go and make disciples of all nations (cf. Mt 28:19).

Evangelizing is the Church’s mission. It is not the mission of only a few, but it is mine, yours and our mission. The Apostle Paul exclaimed: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16). We must all be evangelizers, especially with our life! Paul VI stressed that “Evangelizing is… the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, n. 14). [Excerpt of General Audience homily, Pope Francis, May 22, 2013 – read the full article here.]

As we light our Fourth candle of Advent, let’s reflect on our common mission – to go and make disciples of Christ! Invite a friend or family member to Mass with you this week. Be sincere in your invitation. Your mission is NOT to force someone to believe the same as you believe, or experience Christ as you do. Your mission is to share Christ, Who in turn, draws those whom you bring to Him, closer to Him.

Still finding it difficult to ask, or don’t know what to say? Take a moment to visit and share with others Catholics Come Home – www.catholicscomehome.org – as merely one resource of many for evangelization.