Mission Sunday 2016
This Sunday we celebrate Mission Sunday. Since 1926, the Church has remembered its universal mission during the month of October. On Mission Sunday, we celebrate the work of all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own countries and we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work. So many men and women have gone to foreign lands to bring the faith of our fathers to those who might not have got the faith otherwise. We think of all the members of the religious orders such as the Columbans, Mill Hill Fathers, St. Patrick’s Fathers the Medical Missionaries of Mary and all the other religious orders who along with the Lay Missionary movements like Viatores Christi who have brought Christ and his message to the far flung corners of the world. This Sunday celebrates the great missionary spirit that has brought the faith to all corners of the world since the Apostles first missionary Journeys .
Mission Sunday gives us the opportunity to acknowledge all those missionary men and women who left everything in order to bring the faith to the ends of the earth with love of god and his people in their hearts. In his message for Mission Sunday Pope Francis says “As they travel through the streets of the world, the disciples of Jesus have a love without limits, the same measure of love that our Lord has for all people. We proclaim the most beautiful and greatest gifts that he has given us: his life and his love”. This year the mission Sunday theme is ‘Every Christian is a missionary’ all of us are called to pray that the Lord of the harvest will continue to inspire many people to join the missionary orders and bring the joy of the Gospel to those who haven’t heard the Good News of the Gospel.