Being Sent

– Thursday 14th Week in Ordinary Time –

“As you go proclaim the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”  [Matthew 10:17]

We hear again today about the sending out of the twelve. This is the beginning of the missionary activity of the community of believers. There has been a sending out of disciples in every age, and this will continue until the last day!

It is always important to remember Jesus lived in his time and culture. God, fully human and fully divine experienced life as we do. The call to discipleship is always heard and responded to in the reality of our time and culture. The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes reminds us.

“Inspired by no earthly ambition, the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the befriending Spirit. And Christ entered this world to give witness to the truth, to rescue and not to sit in judgment, to serve and not to be served… To carry out such a task, the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel.” #3-4

This is exactly the work of the Plenary Council as it seeks to “Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” [Rev. 2:7]. The invitation this week is to really pray to the ‘befriending Spirit’ for the work of the Council so that the Church in Australia, the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit, will continue to respond faithfully to the missionary work to ‘Go and proclaim the kingdom of heaven is close at hand’.

Take some time this week to follow the work of the Plenary Council, https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au  

And take to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit


by Kari Hatherell osu

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