Saint Paul travelled from town to town and even from country to country in order to preach the Good News.   He didn’t journey like a tourist though; there was hard work involved and sleepless nights, with no place to call home.  Nor was the reaction of the people always favourable.  In many ways Saint Paul fulfilled the words of Our Lord in the Gospel today: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.”

We have faith today because of Saint Paul and others like him.  For two thousand years earnest Catholics have generously responded to the call to be missionaries.

By its very nature the Church is missionary.  That’s why it is so important that we respond to missionary appeals both through our prayer and our financial contributions.  Such an act is an act of gratitude for our own faith.  But there’s more.  Each of us is called to be a witness to faith in Jesus Christ by word and example.  Faith isn’t a possession to be hoarded; rather it is a gift to be shared freely.  And God calls us to show our faith by the goodness of our lives and especially in the love and concern we show for others.  Strengthened by the nourishment of the Eucharist, we should never hesitate to invite others to accept the gift of faith, because each one of us, in our own way, is called to be a missionary.


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