Christianity is Missions

“They do not belong to this world any more than I belong to this world…  As You have sent me into this world, I have sent them into the world.”

- Jesus’ Prayer in John 17:16,18

I spent a holy hour with this scripture earlier this week.  I don’t know why this had never struck me before.

“They do not belong to this world any more than I belong to this world.”

If Jesus isn’t a liar, if He means what He says, what does this mean for us?

Ask any Christian how much Jesus belongs to this world, and 99.9% would reply with a quick, “Not at all.”  Of course not!  Jesus belongs in Heaven as one with the Father and Spirit as He had been since the beginning of time.  Does Jesus belong to this world?  No!  He was sent here!

“As You have sent me into this world…”

When we are sent somewhere, we are sent for a mission.  Jesus was sent to this world, away from His home in Heaven, on mission.  What was the mission?

To proclaim the nearness of the Kingdom of God.

To preach repentance of sins.

To make the Father’s love known.

To show a new way of living.

To give His very self for others.

“They do not belong to this world any more than I belong to this world…  As You have sent me into this world, I have sent them into the world.”

If we belong to this world as Jesus does, then how much do we belong?  Not at all.

We have been sent here, as Christ was sent, on mission to proclaim His Kingdom, to preach repentance of sins, to make the Father’s love known, to show a new way of living, and to give our very selves for others.

We are pilgrims on a journey.  We do not belong here.  We have been sent by our Father to join in that mission of Christ.  Just as Jesus is sent daily in the Eucharist to nourish and sustain His people, so must we claim our mission to nourish the world.

Our God is a missionary God.  We who are created in His image and likeness must be missionary.

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