damage is correct on one hand—civilians die along side military personnel—but the phrase masks human suffering on the other. To call human extermination “cleansing” is blasphemy.
We run to Jesus to receive his abundant life. We receive his life not to keep but to share. Our annual Mission Sunday allows us to join saints and “Catholics worldwide to recommit [our]selves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.”3 Mission Sunday also reminds us we are a community of blessed people. We are blessed with wealth of all varieties. Many share that wealth generously at home, in school, at work, even abroad. I am most grateful; you inspire me more than you know. I desire that you never lose heart as you respond generously to Jesus personally inviting to you share his baptism.
- Become aware of the Divine Persons embracing you in love.
- Ask James and John to present you to Jesus.
- Praise Jesus for modeling being baptized and living it well. Speak with him about the cup he drank; or converse with him about one baptismal symbol and how it shapes you: cross; water; oil of chrism; fire; white garment.
- Ask him for the grace you need to live your baptism more candidly, then resolve how you can do so one way that day.
- Close, slowly saying the Lord’s Prayer. You won’t deceive yourself. Jesus’ words help us grow more mature as his disciples and help us put our faith in action.
- His address of 14 October 2006.
- His Apostolic Letter announcing the Year of Faith, “Door of Faith,” 2.
- Statement at the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States website.