Ministry Tip of the Week
Our journey of faith is twofold, and it needs to be recognized from the beginning. As we mature in faith, we're coming to know the love of the Lord more deeply, to trust in him more fully, and to allow his Spirit to transform us through the superabundant gift of grace (i.e. Jesus' very life living and working in us). Simultaneously, however, we're being prepared and equipped, sent in every moment to spread this truth and love to others (i.e.Jesus' mission).
Finally, lest we get lost in this sense of personal mission to the neglect of our personal holiness (which has been known to happen), there's one last point to make. Emphasizing the mission is a way to lead people closer to Jesus. As we learn to identify with our mission as Church, we draw closer to the Lord (CCC 1303).His mission becomes our mission. His love becomes our love. In other words, evangelizing others is a way to evangelize ourselves. Bringing someone else closer to Jesus draws our own souls deeper into his heart. It's mysteriously true, and profound to experience.
**IMPORTANT: If we don't have this experience, it may be that we're serving in the wrong area of the mission, that our gifts are not being properly channeled, or that our true gifts haven't been fully discovered and/or embraced.
Therefore, to teach our children and our students to discover their unique gifts of evangelization will indirectly help them to grow in their own faith. The more we share Christ, the more we ourselves fall in love with him