The same Gospel call of Matthew to care for the least:…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matt 25:35-37) is still being lived out today, often in the most humble ways.
As the news media continues to exaggerate the negative, sensationalise tragedy and offer misleading crisis communication and the narrow focus of our own social media feeds consolidate these adverse effects, the real work of the Gospel lives on.
As Pope Francis, on World Mission Day 2022, reminded us,
…it was no coincidence that the Lord Jesus sent his disciples out on mission in pairs; the witness of Christians to Christ is primarily communitarian in nature. Hence, in carrying out the mission, the presence of a community, regardless of its size, is of fundamental importance.
Let’s be counter-cultural in our narratives highlighting and celebrating our mission work and looking for ways that our ministries and communities, can share in the stories of compassion and hope for our world.
The Australian of the Year Awards slogan reads: Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. May our focus be on the brave, courageous, determined and inspirational people who make a positive difference in the world. Congratulations to tennis player Dylan Alcott, who was named 2022 Australian of the Year for his work as a disability advocate and congratulations to Anne Hetherington, the inaugural Chairperson of Mercy Partners, who has received an OAM for service to the Catholic Church of Australia.
Finally, may the words of Pope Francis enliven our call to mission, “the same Spirit who guides the universal Church also inspires ordinary men and women for extraordinary missions.” Holy Spirit light our way!
Who in your ministry is mission focussed and gospel-led? Would you like to nominate them, we’d love to share their story.