MISSION: IS POSSIBLE
We have become increasingly aware of a very pressing matter, regarding mission.
Within the Church, there are so many people who have forgotten what the mission of the Church is. I wish to remind you of exactly what this is, and encourage you in it! Holy Mother Church knows her mission, but so many of us have lost sight of it, and/or have misunderstood it. How many do you see in the pews at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass who are indifferent to what is going on? Perhaps this is yourself. This is where we worship the Lord together and receive our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, and where we are equipped and commanded to go out to preach the Gospel to our brothers and sisters, to “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord, or to Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life” (2 of the 4 dismissals in the 3rd translation of the Roman Missal). This has been forgotten by a staggering amount of the faithful, and has instead been made out by so many to be a once per week duty to fulfill.
Our field manual for the church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, states regarding the missionary mandate of the Church that “Having been divinely sent to the nations that she might be ‘the universal sacrament of salvation,’ the Church, in obedience to the command of her founder and because it is demanded by her own essential universality, strives to preach the Gospel to all men. 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 Lo, I am with you always, until the close of the age.” (CCC 849).
The mission of the Church is therefore to preach the Gospel to all men; to evangelize all men and share with them our hope in Christ, our hope in the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life. This is the prime mission of the Church. Now that we have this established, let us ask, what does it mean to be evangelized?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “The ultimate purpose of mission is none other than to make men share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit of love.” (CCC 850). This is what being evangelized is all about:
For the evangelizer – Share the Gospel, via actions, words, social media, etc. and by God’s grace, this will lead to an evangelized person.
For the evangelized – The evangelized person not only hears the Gospel, but also then has a change of heart and gives their heart entirely to God
Team Orthodoxy has been formed in an effort to carry out this mission, via social communications. This is not our mission only but this is also YOUR mission as members of the faithful. We are extremely blessed to be able to share the Gospel via this blog, and our goal with the blog is to evangelize you so that you may in turn go out to evangelize others. Let us look to Christ for our motivation to be a missionary Church. God desires for all men to be saved and to know the truth. Do whatever it takes to prepare yourselves for this mission. Listed below are some resources to assist you in learning more about your mission to evangelize:
Please visit the media page on the website, and listen to the talk “Evangelization and the New Media” for a deeper discussion on evangelization and all it entails
*Inter Mirifica by Pope Paul VI (Decree on the Media of Social Communications)
*Evangelii Nuntiandi by Pope Paul VI (Apostolic Exhortation on Evangelism)
*Redemptoris Missio by Bl. John Paul II (The Mission of the Redeemer)
*The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to preach the Gospel to all men.
Please deliver this message to others. Make haste! The time to begin is now! For we know not how long we have to share the Gospel, or to remind our fellow Catholics of the mission of the Church so that they may do the same.
Good luck and Godspeed.