This week’s reflections in Mission Month speak quite a lot about reaching out in evangelising and mission from the basis of building strong families.
14th October. Who is blessed? There was something that really worried George. He wanted to know, “Is Jesus downplaying the role of his own mother?I don’t think that is fair.” “Maybe he was saying that just having a child isn’t the blessing but how we develop that motherly attitude and care for all children.” “Maybe one could say, “Both birthings make them godlike, being a birth-mother but in a special way, loving and caring for all vulnerable people. Those who can do that deserve our praise.”
Jesus said. “Blessed is the womb that bore you.” “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” From Luke 11:27-28.
Pope Francis: Families should not see themselves as a refuge from society, but instead go forth from their homes in a spirit of solidarity with others. In this way they become a hub for integrating persons into society and a point of contact between the public and private spheres. AL 181
15th October. Sunday 28A. Wedding Guests. Before he began his homily Fr Teddy would look around his congregation and ask himself. “Who is here or not here and why have they come? How much do they value this banquet to which Jesus invites us all or am I in a way not making it wholesome enough for them? Is it up to me or should these families of the parish themselves not be going out on Jesus’ behalf and inviting others to come to the banquet. Maybe I will ask them if they see themselves as the invited guests, or the later uninvited guests or those sent out to look for others. Maybe Pope Francis’ three areas of ministry applies here.”
And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good so the weeding hall was filled with guests.” From Matt 22:1-14. Matt 22:10.
Pope Francis. 1. Ordinary pastoral ministry is to inflame the hearts of the regular faithful. 2. Ministry to the baptised who lack a meaningful relationship to the Church which tries to help them experience a conversion which will restore the joy of faith and a commitment to the gospel. 3. Evangelisation is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him. EG 14.