Message from the Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski
Dear friends in Christ:
This weekend the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates World Mission Sunday. This celebration is an opportunity to enrich our parish communities on the heart of our Christian faith, which calls each of us to mission from our very baptism.
Pope Francis’ words for this year’s celebration resonate with the experience of our own Archdiocesan community:
“The Church ‘s mission is enlivened by a spirituality of constant exodus. We are challenged “to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel”. The Church’s mission impels us to undertake a constant pilgrimage across the various deserts of life, through the different experiences of hunger and thirst for truth and justice.”
Our community is rooted in strong and diverse experiences of exodus, which have long shaped our church and made us more sensitive to the suffering of others across the globe. It is my hope that you celebrate our unique mission identity with enthusiasm on this World Mission Sunday, and that you remember this special calling towards ‘constant pilgrimage,” and to strive to reach “all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel.” We are challenged to nurture in one another this missionary spirit. By putting aside our comforts, we can more easily welcome the stranger and send our love beyond the borders of our parishes and communities, to build a world of love and peace.
A tireless spirit of constant exile leads missionary priests, religious and lay leaders across the world to bear witness to Christ among our suffering brothers and sisters. Let us support them in generously giving in the second collection. This offering will reach beyond our borders to support over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe-an area covering more than half the globe.
Thank you again for your support, your commitment to sharing the Gospel, and serving the poor.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami