Why the Church Should Remember Her Mission [Podcast #007]
Fr. Robert Barron made a great point in a recent interview. He said "The Church is not on a mission, it is a mission." Before returning to heaven Jesus gave the apostles one mission and that was to "make disciples of all nations". I believe that for the most part we are failing at this mission and on this week's podcast I suggest ways that we can return to our mission as individuals, in our parish communities, and as the Universal Church.
Promise of the Week
“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:20
Before ascended into heaven, Jesus commissioned His apostles and promised them that He would always be with Him. It’s not just symbolic way of Him always being with them, but He is always with us through the good times and the bad, the difficult times and the times of joy and happiness.
The Catholic Fact
The Church is huge! 1.2 billion Catholics in the world and around 70 million Catholics in America. It’s mind-blowing to think about how big the Church really is. Not only that, but to think of the Catholic Church, the Universal Church is not only those of us here on earth “working out our salvation”, but all those who have gone before us in faith, the saints in heaven and the souls in purgatory. Imagine the countless souls united to us in Christ! Matthew Kelly calls the Church in America a “sleeping giant”. With all these people claiming to be Catholic you would think the world would be a better place. We need to wake up the Church. We need to remember our mission as Church!
Speaking of Matthew Kelly, this week I recommend his book Rediscover Catholicism. This is one of my favorite Catholic books and I can honestly say that this book changed my life. It changed my outlook on the Church. It introduced me to the beauty of the Catholic faith. It encouraged me to be an authentic witness to Christ. You can get the book for FREE at DynamicCatholic.com. Get your copy. Read it. And buy it bulk to share with your circle of influence.
Why the Church Should Remember Her Mission
Fr. Robert Barron made a great point in a recent interview. He said “The Church is not on a mission, it is a mission.” Before returning to heaven Jesus gave the apostles one mission and that was:
“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 and behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:19-20
That’s our mission statement. It’s simple. Yet we complicate it. We spend so much time doing other things that essentially take us away from our mission. I suggest ways that we can return to our mission as individuals, as parish communities, and as the Universal Church.
Links Mentioned in the Podcast
- Check out Patrick Lencioni’s recent article on simplicity that inspired this topic.
- Read the full interview from Fr. Robert Barron.
- See also my recent post Catechesis vs. Evangelization.
How are you living out your Christian mission in your personal life, in your parish, and as part of the Universal Church?