Pope Francis has declared that October 20 will be World Mission Sunday this year. His theme for this year is "Missio ad Gentes" which means mission to the nations. This theme echoes the Great Commission that Jesus gave in Matthew 28: Go forth and make disciples of all nations.
Pope Francis also said, "Mission means to be sent and every Christian is a missionary." He explained that we proclaim the Good News first and foremost by how we live our lives. Our caring and loving behaviors will move people to embrace the Gospel. Making sacrifices for others is the best way to proclaim the Gospel for all the world to see.
On many occasions Pope Francis has said that the heart of the Church's mission is to radiate the Joy of the Gospel. The spread of the faith "by attraction", he said, calls for hearts that are open and expanded by love. Love in itself will be a proclamation that will reach to the ends of the earth.
The funds that are collected in the second collection next Saturday and Sunday will help churches, schools and seminaries in mission territories around the world.
Fr. Jerry Schik, o.s.c.