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Mission Sunday Homily
of Father Budi Kleden
Dear brothers and sisters,
This Sunday is dedicated to mission. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic Pope Francis decided to celebrate
this World Mission Sunday more than ever. The Pandemic does not stop the Church from being a
missionary Church; instead, it bolsters more its missionary spirit. In times like these our
missionary commitment is urgently needed. In this time of crisis, when many people feel discouraged,
frightened and confused to talk about God and to witness to his love to the world, here we are
saying: “Here am I, Lord, send me.”
As you know, this is the theme of the World Mission Sunday this year. “Here am I, Lord, send me,
use of myself to let others experience that you do not abandon us and the whole world in this
of suffering and challenges.”
In the light of the message of Pope Francis for the World Mission Day this year and his other
teachings, I would like to underline the following:
The first: Mission originates in God and springs out from a personal relationship with Jesus,
Missionary. Mission is not first of all organizing programs and activities, but it is about
relationship, a living relationship with the Lord, the missionary God. Our rootedness in God
inspires, strengthens and makes us persevere in the mission.
It is the mission of God, and we can only participate in this mission if and as long as we
connected with Him. Pope Francis reminds us: “The mission, the ‘Church on the move’, is
program, an enterprise to be carried out by sheer force of will. It is Christ who makes
go out of herself. In the mission of evangelization, you move because the Holy Spirit
and carries you.” Indeed, the Holy Spirit is the principle agent of mission, as San
the Thessalonians in the second reading today: the spreading of the Gospel is not only
words alone, but because of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Todays’ celebration shall encourage us to spend more time in prayer and meditation of the
God, as individuals and as group. In this time of the pandemic it is amazing to see how
posting their short but profound reflection on the Word of God in the social media. Let us
practice what we share with others.
The second: Mission is a realization that we are a mission. The living relationship with the
will make us aware that we are loved by the Him. Pope Francis writes in his message:
born of the love of God, grows in love and tends towards love. No one is excluded from
God.” If we say, “Here am I, Lord, send me”, this is because every one of
us is loved by the
we are ambassadors of the love of God. This is the very foundation of every missionary, and
by virtue of our baptism, are missionaries.
One of the statements in Evangelii Gaudium that I like very much is: “I am a
mission in this
that is the reason why I am here in this world.” Yes, mission is all of us, because
us, God wants to make this world a place where everybody feels accepted and respected, and
nature is seen and treated as a common home for all. Each one of us is a unique gift God has
for Himself and to the world.
As Jesus asks in the Gospel today, let us therefore give to the Lord what belongs to God,
and dedicate ourselves to others especially the poor and the needy, in our family and
neighborhood, among our friends, the poor and the needy, in our parish. “I am a
not a statement to justify our arrogance or feeling of superiority. It reminds us to make
use of our time and talents for the good of the humanity and the world.
The prophet Isaiah says in the first reading today: “The Lord has called each one by
Paul in the second reading reminds us that we are loved and chosen by the Lord himself. Your
precious, and precious is the life dedicated to the mission, like the life of Saint
the Founder of the Divine Word Missionaries.
The third: Mission means to go out of ourselves. Missionaries are not only those who leave
countries and cultures. We consider missionaries those who follow the call to overcome
racism and reach out to others, especially the last ones, regardless of their religion,
or culture. In his exhortation Christus Vivit, published after the synod on the
made an inspirational encouragement. He says, for us Christians, the way to get to know who
I am or
to respond to the question “who am I?” is to ask ourselves: “for whom am
I?”. For whom do I
myself, for whom do I want to be meaningful?... this is the question for us Christians that
to answer who we are.
In putting ourselves at the service of others we do not only give, but also receive, we do
serve but also are enriched. Pope Francis is convinced, as expressed in the message for the
Mission Sunday this year, “The mission that God entrusts to each one of us leads us from
introspection to a renewed realization that we find ourselves precisely when we give
Encountering others, being in dialogue with others is the way to do mission. This also means
to fight against racism and to promote interculturality, living and working together, people
different cultures and nationalities. We need to be open to ready and learn from others,
those who do not know and accept the Lord, because they also are chosen by the Lord, as we
the prophet Isaiah in the first reading today. Saint Joseph Freinademetz, one of the first
missionaries to be sent to China did his mission in the spirit of dialogue and respect for
In the end, he was so convinced of whom to dedicate his missionary commitment. In one of his
he wrote: "I want to be a Chinese in heaven".
Dear brothers and sisters, this is my hope and prayer, that the celebration of Mission Sunday
animates you all in promoting your missionary task received from the Lord, and in making you
generously say: “Here I am Lord, send me”.
Parish Saint Benedict of Norcia, Rome,
October 18, 2020