Fr Jimmy Lindero mhm, General Councillor
Our present world is fast changing and is challenged by violence, division, extremism, instability and persecution. The road ahead may appear uncertain, if not dangerous. The prologue of our Constitution and Directives states:
“Our Christian mission needs to be placed within the larger horizons of interdependence and mutuality among cultures, religions, and all that exists within creation. Dialogue between cultures and religions is central to mission today. Thus our mission becomes a humble attempt to sense God’s presence among the people to whom the missionary is sent, and to discern what the Spirit has been doing down the ages and continues to do now. The Risen Christ who went ahead of the Apostles to Galilee precedes us wherever we go. Mission is born in our contemplation of that Presence.
At the same time, we seek to discover and unite people committed to God’s design for the world, to win more people for God’s cause, to urge and aid people to practice what would change our hearts and our world into something beautifully human: a seed of the Kingdom of God. There can be no mission without martyrion: bearing witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and in deed, by our lives and even by our death. Missionary discipleship is a participation in the Baptism that Jesus received when he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and called to commit Himself unconditionally to the cause of the Kingdom of God, even to the point of death.
We missionaries take every opportunity to proclaim Christ who expressed the meaning and goal of his mission by sitting at table with people, particularly outcasts and sinners. In the Eucharistic sharing of the ‘bread that is broken’ we remember him who is present in humanity’s sufferings, the seed of our resurrection. The Spirit of Christ urges us to be present in all our weakness before God, on the side of the poor, and to place our resources at their disposal in the battle against evil in ourselves, in the environment, in the world. Prayer in its many forms – personal, intercessory, contemplative, communal – is a powerful means to enter ever more deeply into God’s designs. Our witness would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated the face of the Risen One.”
Wishing you all every blessing of Easter and may the Risen Lord continue to stir in our hearts the desire to share with others the mercy of God we experienced in our own lives!
Jimmy Lindero mhm