On this 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church also celebrates WorldFr. Dominic Toan Tran, Pastor
Mission Sunday. It is a time for us to reflect on our calling as disciples of Christ
and our vital role in spreading the Good News of the Gospel. Consider this
simple question: “How are you?” In our daily interactions, our quick response to
this question is “I’m fine!” However, have you ever encountered someone who
responds with a deeper inquiry: “Do you really want to know?” This response
challenges us to examine the intentions behind our questions and encourages us
to engage in authentic conversations that go beyond superficial pleasantries.
When Jesus sent His disciples out to proclaim the Good News to the world,
He sent them into a spiritual war zone. The disciples were to fight battles on
behalf of others and to be agents of healing, reconciliation, and salvation. As
followers of Jesus, we too are sent out to fight the battles for those who are
oppressed, marginalized, and in need. As we fight for others in Jesus’ name, He
in turn, promises to fight our battles.
On World Mission Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus sends us into
people’s lives. He calls us to walk alongside them, teaching them His ways and
guiding them on the path of righteousness. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, “I
have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am
the Lord, and there is no other.” Whether we contemplate the world that Jesus
has sent us into, as a good or a bad place, our perspective should be one of
hope and opportunity. Through our encounters with others, we grow in faith and
understanding, deepening our relationship with the Lord.
Our mission takes on even greater significance in today’s society, which is
marked by impatience and bullying. We are called to be a light in the darkness,
offering love, compassion, and mercy in the face of hostility and aggression.
Even though we may feel ill-prepared, Jesus equips us for this mission. He
assures us, “I am the Lord, there is no other.” He arms us with His strength,
grace, and wisdom so that through our actions, people may know that there is
none besides Him.
As we embrace World Mission Sunday, let us recommit ourselves to the call
of discipleship. Let us be courageous in fighting the battles of others, standing up
against injustice and oppression. As we go forth into the world, let us be attentive
to the needs of others, listening with genuine interest when we ask, “How are
you?” May our actions and words reflect the love and teachings of Jesus, and
may we be examples of His transformative power.