Evangelization Is Our Mission
I was looking at one of our parish bulletins the other day and noticed something on the front cover, our Parish Mission Statement. No, this was not the first time I saw the statement and it was not the first time I read it. But I don't think I had ever really read it, I mean read it to understand it, to know if I agreed or disagreed with our Mission. It's only 3 sentences so I took a little time to see how I felt about it. The fist sentence reads: “We, the people of St. Priscilla Parish, grounded in the Word of God and Sacred Tradition, find strength and joy in the transforming power of Christ's sacrificial love as manifested in the Eucharist.” It's only one sentence but there is a lot there, and I thought well... I do try to ground myself in the word of God and Sacred Tradition is very important to me, so I am good on the first half. The second half was a little easier for me because I am drawn to the Eucharist, I do not doubt Jesus when he said “This is my body to be given for you. Do this as a remembrance of me.” Lk. 22:19 I do believe that every time I receive him I am transformed by his sacrificial love so yes, I agree with the first sentence.
I have to say that the 2nd sentence really struck a note with me, it goes: “We commit ourselves to lifelong spiritual formation, compassionate service, evangelization and the generous sharing of God's gifts with our parish family and the community at large.” To me this sums up what the new evangelization described by Vatican II is all about. This is our mission as Catholics, evangelization is a result of lifelong spiritual formation, compassionate service and the generous sharing of God's gifts with our parish family and the community at large. This is it, this is what I have been writing about in my articles. What really interests me is the community at large: our co-workers, our neighbors, fellow citizens of our country and fellow citizens of the world wherever they may be. As we come in contact with those we know, those we just meet, those in distant lands that we may never meet, our display of Christ's love, mercy and forgiveness is given by the simple way we display His holiness in us by loving, forgiving and giving to those in need of all three. We invite others to the Church by being the “best version of ourselves that we can be”.
The 3rd sentence expands the evangelization effort by saying: “We invite people from all cultures and walks of life to join us in our faith journey.” Invite them, invite them, evangelize them, this is our Mission. Become who you are accept your mission.