This month being Mission Month we are continuing with an emphasis on going out to plant the seed of the Gospel. Therefore Fr Dónal O’Catháin, who hails from Cork, speaks of his experience for many years in Africa. This Sunday’s Gospel message tells us,
“whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The essence of mission is service to others by announcing and witnessing to the Gospel Message.
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Pope Francis’ Mission Prayer
Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous
and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel so that the
mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from
completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that
bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the
saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and
reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God
forever and ever. Amen.