“We are ambassadors for Christ…as his fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received” (2 Corinthians 5:20. 6:1) We are “ambassadors for Christ”
What do we mean by ambassador? ETYMOLOGY: (ambassador) Middle English ambassadour, from Old French ambassadeur, from Medieval Latin ambactia, mission, from Latin ambactus, servant, ultimately of Celtic origin; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
Mission (mish’en) n. (Latin. missio, a sending, sending away < missus, pp. of mittere, to send) 1. a sending out or being sent out with authority to perform a special duty; specifically, a sending out of persons by a religious organization to preach, teach or proselyte. ( Webster’s New World Dictionary)
GOD THE FATHER JESUS, THE MISSIONARY OF THE FATHER The Holy Spirit (Church)
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Matthew 28:19
“ Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church has gone by her way over the centuries, sometimes with an uncertain step, but never forgetting the great work she was established to complete: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (John 20:21 ; Catechism of the Catholic Church -CCC 857-858)
A CHRISTIAN ( apostle ) is a baptized person into whose life the Lord has called to be associated with Him in his work - the work of the Father for the kingdom of heaven in the world - salvation of the world.
IDENTITY - God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
THE MISSION OF JESUS IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM (GOD THE FATHER) WHO SENT HIM
“Every person should walk unhesitatingly according to his own personal gifts and duties in the path of a living faith which arouses hope and works through charity “ (LG no. 4)
NATURE – The church is by nature MISSIONARY ( Vatican II, Ad gentes, 2) PRIEST - Sanctify PROPHET - Teaching KING - Witnessing
“I am the way, the truth and the life…” TRUTH - APOSTLES’ CREED (Teaching –PROPHET) LIFE – SACRAMENTS (Sanctify – PRIEST) WAY – 10 COMMANDMENTS (Witness – KING)
“Having been divinely sent to the nations that she might be ‘the universal sacrament of salvation’, the church,in obedience to the command of her founder (Mt. 16:15) … strives to preach the gospel to all men” (Vatican II, decree on the Church’s missionary activity, Ad gentes)
AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST IDENTITY -One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic NATURE OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY -(Being sent to be light of the world, salt of the earth…)
“I invite you to THINK globally ACT locally and LIVE contemplatively” John Baptist Cardinal Wu Papal Legate during the National Mission congress Cebu City, September 28 – October 1, 2000
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Pope Pius XI ordered the day of Prayer and propaganda of Mission in the whole World, on April 14, 1926 POPE PIUS XI
2 nd to the Last Sunday of October be appointed as a day of prayer and propaganda for the mission throughout the world All homilies must refer to the world mission; inviting the people to be associated in the papal work Pontifical collections be for the World Mission Plenary indulgence, applicable to the souls in purgatory is granted – reception of Holy Communion and praying for conversion of pagans
MISSION: BREAD BROKEN FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD 1.Humanity has need of Christ “Bread Broken” 2.The Church, one with Christ, becomes “broken bread” 3.Missionaries, bread broken for the life of the world