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Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

Oct 22 at 4:42 AM
"I've called you by your name."

"...shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life..."​

Philippians 2:15-16

A missionary's life is a blessed one; it is also often perilous.
Breaking through spiritual darkness requires a willingness to do what it takes, no matter the cost.

Maryknoll missioners have been martyred, imprisoned and suffered great hardship while spreading the Good News, and today being World Mission Sunday, we honor the sacrifices of all missioners, past, present and future.

In the early twentieth century, Maryknollers said a final farewell to family and friends when departing for their mission fields. They often could not return to see their loved ones again. Much has changed in terms of world travel these past 106 years, but the dangers in the "field afar" remain, and in many cases, have increased.

How can we keep the Holy Spirit light inside us illumined in times of great discouragement and seeming futility of effort? The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to his beloved church in Philippi from prison in Rome. He had been arrested for preaching the Gospel while visiting Jerusalem, but appealed to Caesar to hear his case. While awaiting his trial during house arrest, he influenced the palace guard and even the emperor himself with his courageous witness for Christ. In fact, if he hadn't been imprisoned the many times he was, we would not have the Epistles penned by him.

Prayer for World Mission Sunday​

Holy Spirit of the Living God,
You call us together from among all nations
to form a family of faith, hope and love
where all are welcome, all are fed,
all are cared for and all are cherished.

Fill us with Your joy, zeal, peace and mercy
overflowing from our hearts to embrace
all who still wander the world
lost, listless or alone.

Send us out renewed in Your strength
that we might go forth boldly in Your Name
to show the world how great is Your mercy,
compassion, forgiveness and love.

Bless our lips that we might speak Your truth;
our hands that they might help the weak;
our arms that they might lift the fallen;
and our feet that they might bring us swiftly
to all who long to experience Your grace.

O Lord of the harvest, behold!
The time is ripe, the world is ready
for your Word.
We stand before you here, Lord.
Send us! In Jesus' Name,

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, our call to share the light within came at baptism. It requires us to put on "eternal glasses" in order to see the bigger picture of our purpose here. The great Apostle did not know if his deliverance would come through martyrdom or release, yet his was a light that could not be snuffed out. We too can shine like lights in the darkness by witnessing the Word of life.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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