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The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Recap of the closing night of Lenten Mission 26 Feb 2010

Topic: "Mission of the Redeemer"

Go out and become missionaries for the Lord!

As the week came to a close let us ask ourselves if we believe we are closing to a new beginning, and changed from when we came.

Are you a good Christian and a good Catholic? If you believe that you are then we must believe that we are also a "Missionary".

Our Holy Father "Pope John Paul II" sent out a teaching letter on Dec 7, 1990 titled "Mission of the Redeemer".

Pope John Paul II considered it devine appointed destiny to proclaim the Gospel. In the encyclical  he explains about what a missionary is and the missionary activity of the Church.
"The mission of Christ the Redeemer, which is entrusted to the Church, is still very far from completion. As the second millennium after Christ's coming draws to an end, an overall view of the human race shows that this mission is still only beginning and that we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to its service. It is the Spirit who impels us to proclaim the great works of God: "For if I preach the Gospel that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!" (1 Cor 9: 16)"
In the Holy Father's Apostolic Exhoratation to the Family "FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO" outlines the need to preach the Gospel to the whole creation.
Evangelization, urged on within by irrepressible missionary zeal, is characterized by universality without boundaries. It is the response to Christ's explicit and unequivocal command: "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation."
Pope John Paul II took the missionary duty very personal. He was up to about 145 countries that he visited before he died. By the time of his death he had made more foregin trips than any other previous pontiff. He visited The Bahamas in 1979, one year after his election to the papacy.
His direct contact with people who does not know Christ has convinced him that there is alot more work to be done. It is all of our tasks to go out and be missionaries.

When you share your faith with others they are blessed but you get more blessed. You feel revitalized and refreshed by the Holy Spirit.

Doing the will of God should be our food. The Woman at the Well in John 4:1-42 tells the story of doing the will of God to sustain us.
Jesus is left at the well while his disciples go to look for food. A Samaritan woman comes to the well to draw water. Jesus asks her for water and she tells him that Samaritans do not speak to Jewish people, so how can he even ask her for a drink. Jesus says to her "If you knew the gift of God who is saying to you 'Give Me a Drink' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. At that moment the Samaritan's attitude changes and she becomes a different person. After probing Jesus for more information she asks him for this living water. Jesus then tells her everything about how she was living by asking her to go and call her husband and come back. Jesus knew she did not have a husband but wanted to reveal to her who she was talking too. Shortly thereafter Jesus declares to her who he is and she immediately goes back into the town and tells everyone. The disciples return and ask Jesus to eat but he replies "I have food to eat of which you do not know", "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work".
During this Lenten Season, have you filled up on the Word of God that at times you do not even feel the need for food?

Jesus said to the disciples, that if you confess me before others I will confess you before my Father in Heaven.
Therefore let's go out and share our faith with others
Have you been holding back because you believe that you need the following to become missionaries:
  • Reasoning skills
  • Knowledge
  • A degree in Theology
These are all good but God doesn't always call the qualified, he qualifies those who are called.

There is a whole world who needs to hear about Jesus. God could have just said the words and everyone believe but he chose to use men to reach out to others.

Written on December 30th, 1988 the Pope's encyclical "VOCATION AND THE MISSION OF THE LAY FAITHFUL" talks about the need for all to go out into the world and witness for Christ.
The lay faithful have their part to fulfill in the formation of these ecclesial communities, not only through an active and responsible participation in the life of the community, in other words, through a testimony that only they can give, but also through a missionary zeal and activity towards the many people who still do not believe and who no longer live the faith received at Baptism.
While pointing out and experiencing the present urgency for a re-evangelization, the Church cannot withdraw from her ongoing mission of bringing the gospel to the multitudes -the millions and millions of men and women-who as yet do not know Christ the Redeemer of humanity. In a specific way this is the missionary work that Jesus entrusted and again entrusts each day to his Church.
PJP II also reminds us in his encuclical Redemptoris missio that "those who are incorporated in the Catholic Church ought to sense their privilege and for that very reason their greater obligation of bearing witness to the faith and to the Christian life as a service to their brothers and sisters and as a fitting response to God. They should be ever mindful that "they owe their distinguished status not to their own merits but to Christ's special grace; and if they fail to respond to this grace in thought, word and deed, not only will they not be saved, they will be judged more severely".
You will become the kind of people who will die to self. As stated in Luke 9:23-24 "Then he said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
It takes courage to take that plunge to go out and preach the Gospel to places where people are against hearing the Word of God but with the help of the Holy Spirit the mission will be carried out.

Thanks to Tom Edwards for a great 5 day Mission. I pray that everyone was able to receive if only a small part of the presentation that they can use to develop their growth in communion with Christ.

Let me leave you with words from the Holy Father Pope John Paul II:
To all people of today I once again repeat the impassioned cry with which I began my pastoral ministry: "Do not be afraid! Open, in deed, open wide the doors to Christ!
Photos of moments of Praise and Worship at Loyola Hall during last night of Lenten Mission

1 comment:

  1. I made it to the last night and was very happy that I did. THe speaker clearly made his point on the need for us to mission to others about the faith, just as you have pointed here. Great Job!

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