To Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
This week’s reading – Luke 10.1-12
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
What is Mission in Montreal?
Giving all a chance to speak and be heard
Welcoming all, without qualms
Going where the Spirit leads; where one is drawn
Mission means to get going, with an action or connection that you feel is yours to do,
learning to live with people where they are, readying them to share
the good news in the way they are called to
Dwelling – Mission is not short term. It involves dwelling with people,remaining with them for the long haul.
Partnering – The Church does mission best when it is not in it for itself, but partners with others
whom it serves and by whom it can be served.
Working – The mission of God is no easy task. It involves working toward a kingdom of Justice and Peace.
The Church proclaims the good news of the Kingdom when it sends ambassadors out,
to learn and to love, from a space that is prepared to receive others.