Jesus was a missionary. As the Word of God, he is the light of all nations. As the Word made flesh, he brought God’s own life into our midst. Before returning to the Father, he sent the Church to continue the mission given him by the Father and empowered her with his Spirit: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn 20:21).
The entire month of October is World Mission Month!
During this special month dedicated to the missions, we are invited to recommit ourselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Together we help to ensure all people receive help and the hope that comes from knowing the love of Jesus Christ.
Mission Doctors exhibit the love of Christ through the witness to their faith; by their compassionate care; by their sacrifice to serve.
I often tell the story of when Tim Cavanagh, MD was in Zimbabwe and a patient was in his consultation room and saw on his desk the photo of the Cavanagh’s four adult daughters. Tim was asked ‘Are these your children’ and Tim said that like any proud father he sat up and said ‘Yes these are my girls!’ The patient then asked him ‘Then why are you here?’ Tim said he paused for a moment and said ‘Well I am here because there are people in the United States who love you and who have sent me to be here.’
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn 20:21).
Missionaries do not go – they are sent. Mission Doctors are sent by you and me to bring hope and health; to serve as living witnesses to the love of God.
This month we are reminded that we are all called to be connected to the missionary effort of the Church.
How will you connect?