My dear children, sisters and brothers,
Jesus’ disciples once reported to him, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name”, for which Jesus responded ‘I have given you the power’, but he continued “Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20). Friends, do you know that your names are return in God’s Kingdom? Are you happy knowing this truth? If so, shouldn’t we like the disciples make known this good news to the world! Pope Francis, in his 2019 World Mission Day message said, “The Church is on a mission in the world. This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission.”
It is not enough that the priests and religious work for the Lord, it is the mission of everyone who has received baptism and became the member of heaven. Pope Benedict XVI, in his World Mission Day message in 2008 said, ‘St. Paul understood very well that only in Christ can humanity find redemption and hope. Therefore, he perceived that the mission was pressing and urgent to proclaim “the promise of life in Christ Jesus, our hope, so that all peoples could be co-heirs and co-partners in the promise through the Gospel.’ The Samaritan woman became a missionary, and the villagers all believed in Jesus Christ and even they requested to stay with them (John 4:39-42). Let us be like the Samaritan woman who proclaimed Jesus and continue our missionary work in the modern world.
Fr. Ligory Kattiakaran