The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Am Sending You!

I Am Sending YOU…
(John 20:21)

This year, the student members of the Holy Childhood Association are hearing a very special message: they are being sent! In John’s Gospel, when Jesus appeared to His disciples after the Resurrection, He told them “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He didn’t say it to every other one of them or to only the ones who felt qualified for the job; He said it to ALL His followers. And so this school year, the Holy Childhood Association is reminding students not only here in Boston but across the country that they have a mission –they are being sent to make Jesus known to the ends of the earth.

On a recent visit to St. Joseph School in Holbrook(, I had the opportunity to speak with HCA members about how this can be carried out in their lives on a very practical level. We all agreed that the “ends of the earth” can sound pretty overwhelming, if not downright impossible for kids. And yet, that’s what Jesus is asking of them if they are to live their Catholic faith fully. What could He be thinking?

We took a few minutes to think about and discuss it – where is the ends of the earth? The list was long: China, South Africa, India, Venezuela, Thailand…was anyone in the room headed to any of those places today? No. Well, where WERE they going? A second list was made: hockey practice, dance class, piano lessons, cheerleading, home. Could it be that for today, THOSE places are the ends of the earth? We agreed that they were -- for that day, for those children, Jesus expected them to carry His Good News to the ends of THEIR earth. So, how could the Gospel be spread in those places? A final list came: we can play fair, try our hardest, help others struggling to learn skills, be cooperative and loving.

Through the Holy Childhood Association’s programs, students not only at St. Joseph’s, but those in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs across our Archdiocese are being formed to be missionaries. They are being sent to the ends of their earth and beyond.

Where is Jesus sending YOU today?

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