08 MISSION MUSINGS on Raigad Mountains - Fr Richard Quadros SVD

posted Oct 16, 2018, 10:40 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 10:40 AM ]
Today, the Church is confronted by challenges it has never known before. The fast growing world demands self-reflection within the Church. In order to explore its mission, the Church has to consider its identity, function and conviction. The Church will be reminded of its missionary function in the world in relationship with God, State, civil society, other religions, non-believers, and its own inner dynamics. The world today is governed by modernist principles and confronted by post-modern philosophies; this forces the Church to think innovatively and creatively about its mission methodologies.

In the backdrop of increasing challenges to the Church, the haunting question is how the Church has engaged itself with the incarnated Word of God through its mission methods. The identity of the Church is established on the proposition that it exists as a response to the work God is accomplishing in human history. Human beings, under the inspiration of divine revelation, founded witnessing communities, inherently inspired by the Holy Spirit, who is the prime mover and the principal agent of the mission of the Church. Therefore, the community that witnesses to the revelation of God is fundamentally missionary in nature. So every member of the witnessing community is called to fulfil the mission that the divine revelation has handed over to the members of the community. In other words, the members are called to be on proclamation mode all the time.

The Church’s Mission as ‘Proclamation’ is understood as announcing Christ to the world, to make Him known and loved by as many people as possible. The proclamation takes on as many forms as there are means of communication; by speaking and writing, and especially by reflecting the virtues of Christ in one's own life and behaviour and dialoguing in action with faith seekers and people of other faiths. The proclamation is also the duty of every Christian. "Jesus Christ," declared Pope John Paul II, "is the stable principle and fixed centre of the mission that God has entrusted to man. We must all share in this mission and concentrate all our forces on it, since it is more necessary than ever for modern mankind." (Redemptor Hominis, 11)