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In the service of the transmission of faith

The last instruction given at every Mass is a missioning to the people of God to “Go in peace glo-rifying the Lord by your life.” By prayerfully and actively participating in the Mass, we encoun-ter the Lord through the Eucharist and, moreover, tradition tells us that we enter the one eternal heavenly liturgy with all the angels and saints in one chorus of exultant praise of God. 

Such a transformative experience gives rise to knowledge of God borne of religious love, a fun-damental definition of the theological virtue of faith. However, faith isn’t knowledge to be mused about or held to for private use. Rather, faith is a virtue of mission. Faith takes flight and is brought to life when shared, spread, given away. The Mass sends us out into the world to share the knowledge received in the presence of God. St. Peter, at the Transfiguration, was corrected by Jesus in that he could not stay on top of that mountain with Jesus. Rather, they had to de-scend and carry out the mission of spreading the knowledge of God gained through the divine encounter. The same applies to us at the end of Mass.

This month, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord into our world, God the Father sends His Son out of love, a sharing of His very self with us; let us consider the ways in which the Christian mission is about imitating the love of the Father. If our faith is authentic and rooted in love, then we are to share this faith by glorifying the Lord through our lives, in our homes, communities, workplaces, with our culture, and throughout the world.

Fr. Christopher Krall, SJDoctoral student at Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI (USA)

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