Dear Brothers and Sisters, Msgr. Viola and the SPC Sisters,
On this 29th Sunday in Ordinary time, which is also the World Mission Sunday, we are pleased to welcome at the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature Rev. Msgr. Esteban “Bong” Lo, LRMS – a Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society Member and National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
Together with Msgr., we welcome as well Ms Margaux Salcedo, responsible for the website “Dominus Est”, purposely created as a tool for evangelization and which, providentially, is celebrating today the first anniversary of its launching.
In light of today’s celebration of World Mission Sunday, allow me meditate with you on the following three points:
First. "Here am I, send me” (Is 6: 8) which is, of course, the theme of today’s World Mission Sunday Message.
Second. "Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar and to God what belongs to God”. It is the famous response of the Lord to the Pharisees who planned to set a trap for Jesus.
Third. How to be missionary in the time of COVID?
Here am I, send me! (Is 6, 8)
With the theme of this World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis probably wanted to set a clear connection with the theme of last year’s Extraordinary Missionary Month, which, we may remember, was “Baptized and Sent”.
“Baptized and sent” …”Here I am, send me”. The connection looks quite obvious.
The extraordinary Missionary Month was solemnly concluded here in Manila at the Cuneta Astrodome last year on October 17, 2019, almost on the same day as this year's, at a memorable Mass presided by His Eminence card Tagle.
On that occasion, the future Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples was telling us that to be "baptized and sent” means first of all to have experienced a personal encounter with Jesus in order to be his credible witness, his martyr, with love and charity.