These wonderful photos were taken by Bro. Ariel Barrera. As a servant of the Media Ministry, he captured the essence of being a missionary in action.
This was the challenge to everyone during the Light of Jesus (LOJ) Holy Week Retreat dubbed “Deeper” on Maundy Thursday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Special thanks to Bro. Topher Francisco and his Tropang Quiapo (Sis. Nene & Bro. Gilbert) for the company and also for tagging me along for a boodle lunch hosted by the Agojo couple (Sis. Marichu & Bro. Stan) from Lux Batch 23.
We are all called to become a missionary.
A missionary is a follower of Jesus who feels God telling them to share the Gospel with people who have never been taught about Jesus before. A missionary is not a better Christian than other followers of Jesus.
Missionaries are normal people who choose to obey God and tell people about Jesus in places all around the world be it big or small.
Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.
An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, He has loved us first, and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.
Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of its own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy.
Let us try a little harder to take the first step and to become involved. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Lord gets involved and He involves His own, as He kneels to wash their feet. He tells His disciples: “You will be blessed if you do this” (John 13:17).
An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.
Every Christian should be on mission for Christ. Just as Jesus gave the disciples, and I believe He gives all of us, an imperative command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19-20).
Jesus doesn’t say, wait till they come to you, rather you go to them, so in a sense, we are all Christian missionaries.
We may not be able to go into all the world, but we can go into the neighborhood, or wherever else we happen to be.
To seek those who are lost so that they might place their trust in Christ.