Pastor's Desk: World Mission Sunday
Today, along with the rest of the Catholic Church, we are in solidarity with the communities spread throughout the world who form the Mission churches of our faith. In his message for Mission Sunday Pope Benedict said, “This year the celebration of World Mission Day has a very special meaning. The 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the opening of the Year of Faith and the Synod of Bishops on the theme of the New Evangelization contribute to reaffirming the Church’s desire to engage with greater courage and zeal in the mission to the peoples so that the Gospel may reach the very ends of the earth.” Some could argue that we have as much need of Missionaries here at home as well with the decline in faith practice and attendance at Mass but that would be missing the central message of the Gospel which is to give from the little you have rather than what you can afford to give.
Today many young people give generously of themselves by ministering on the Missions as lay people for periods of months or years. No one who has done this comes away unchanged by the experience and their attitudes to the commercialism of home are changed radically.
In all Masses in Ireland today a special collection for the Missions will be taken up and in Dublin the collection replaces the SHARE collection. We are in difficult financial times in Ireland, the worldwide recession has hit us hard, but we know that poorer countries are always hit harder. So whatever we think is poverty is much worse in the Mission communities. Today we show Communion and solidarity with those communities. Visit http://www.wmi.ie for more information.