Reflecting on the celebration of World Mission Sunday, VMM is reminded of the value and joy that mission brings to the world. Without you, our kind, caring and extremely generous donors and volunteers, God’s overwhelming love could not reach those in need!
Here are a few of the lessons and thoughts that we had following this wonderful celebration.
‘World Mission Sunday’
The penultimate Sunday of October every year. World Mission Sunday is celebrated by the Catholic Church as a global, public renewal of a commitment to the missionary movement.
- ‘An important assignment given to a person or group of people, typically involving travel abroad’
- ‘The vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith’
‘Mission’ has two meaningful definitions and therefore, you may choose what it means to you! Comparing both definitions, one can see that mission is important and is a calling. If you are hearing that call, now is the time to respond to it! We will help you.
Here at VMM, we believe in doing God’s work both home and abroad. Helping all people whether near or far is just as important.
Pope Francis Speaks to Us
Pope Francis’ Mission Sunday message was a gentle and moving reminder of the blessing and fruits of the spirit that mission brings to all those involved. Here are four points of His Holiness’ message which resonated with us, here at VMM:
- “Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future and they give direction to our lives.”
- “From the cross of Jesus we learn the divine logic of self-sacrifice (cf. 1 Cor 1:17-25) as a proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the world (cf. Jn 3:16). To be set afire by the love of Christ is to be consumed by that fire, to grow in understanding by its light and to be warmed by its love (cf. 2 Cor 5:14).”
- “These praiseworthy forms of temporary missionary service are a fruitful beginning and, through vocational discernment, they can help you to decide to make a complete gift of yourselves as missionaries.”
- “No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are. Let me repeat the words of encouragement that I addressed to the young people of Chile: “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me.”