Mission: A Response to God's Love

This month we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down upon the Church, giving her strength to go forth and fulfill Christ’s mission.

While Pentecost gave the apostles new vigor in their apostolic endeavors, they could only go forth in mission in a response to the love they had for God.

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network firmly believes in this truth, reflecting on it in our renewal document, A pathway with Jesus in apostolic readiness.

“The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network invites us to live with an inner attitude of apostolic readiness that is the fruit of love. It must come from a personal and intimate relationship with the Crucified and Risen Lord where I find myself loved and I offer my availability as a loving response.”

Saint John Paul II explained this well during an apostolic visit to Germany, saying, “It is necessary to awaken again in believers a full relationship with Christ. Only from a personal relationship with Jesus can an effective evangelization develop.”

During his Easter homily in 2013, Pope Francis challenged Christians to develop this personal relationship.

“Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won't be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don't be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.”

If we wish to be modern-day missionaries fueled by the Holy Spirit, let us not forget to first develop our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Only then can we go forth in mission to meet the challenges of humanity.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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