23/08/2013 9:20 am
Pope Francis, like his predecessors before him, has given us renewed encouragement in our mission. A mission, he declared to more than three million at World Youth Day in Rio, which is not just for some people but a mission that is for everyone.
Home Mission Sunday reminds us how we have a mission that must literally “come home” to our families, friends, colleagues and the communities in which we live. We are thinking especially of those who for whatever reason no longer share in the faith and life of the Church.
We must also remember the many around us who still wait to hear the Gospel or come to know Christ. Let us begin by praying for them by name, let us continue this prayer with the small sacrifices of every day for them.
Finally let us pray that we can be ready to take advantage of the opportunities to encourage them by gentle word and example. Pope Francis shows us how this is our mission, a mission that must come home to all those nearest and dearest to us.
Rt Rev Mark Davies
Bishop of Shrewsbury