It is part of our human nature to want to be connected to a higher purpose and meaning. I think many of us seek to use our time, our gifts, and our resources for a greater good. This burning desire within us that builds as we grow in our relationship with God is named in Ignatian Spirituality as “Magis” or “the more”. Ultimately, this desire for “the more” is God’s call within us to send us forth just as Jesus’ sent his disciples out.
Our Specific Mission
In Pope francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), he explains how each of us have a specific mission and role in building the Kingdom of God:
“Each saint is a mission, planned by the Father to reflect and embody, at a specific moment in history, a certain aspect of the Gospel….every saint is a message which the Holy Spirit takes from the riches of Jesus Christ and gives to his people. ” (#22)
Each of us in our call to holiness that is rooted in our baptism is called and equipped to bring the good news of our faith into this world. Part of our work is to discover what aspect of the Gospel God is inviting us to proclaim with our life. Pope Francis’ offers these words to us also:
“May you come to realize the message of Jesus that God wants to speak to the world by your life. Let yourself be transformed. Let yourself be renewed by the Spirits so that this can happen, lest you fail in your precious mission. The Lord will bring it to fulfillment despite your mistakes or missteps., provided that you do not abandon the path of love but remain ever open to his supernatural grace, which purifies and enlightens.” (#24)
How are you being sent forth?
The promises of God we unpacked over the last ten weeks are not for us alone. Yes, we need to know them, to understand them, and to believe them. It is vital to nurture our relationship with God through prayer, through the Sacraments, and through community. Each of these helps us understand our own union with God. We cannot boldly and courageously share what we do not believe.
Believing in the promises of God is the very fuel for our mission to be sent forth. Each of us has a unique way God is calling us forth to proclaim the Gospel with our lives, with our words, and with our actions. Think of each of Jesus’ disciples and how their calls were unique but bound together by the overall mission of building the kingdom of God. St. Peter was the rock upon which the Church was built. St. Paul was the zealous preacher. Our Gospel writers were given the gift of words.
This mission of spreading the good news has passed from hand to hand and generation to generation.
In this specific moment in history, it is our turn. God is calling us right now to spread the good news of these promises of God. It is an urgent call!
Where do you feel the burning desire within you to go forth and share the good news? I beg you to not hesitate but to go forth NOW. Go forth boldly and courageously as you remember that you are not alone in this work. God is with you.
- Matthew 10:1-4// Sending forth of the Disciples
- Ephesians 4:7-16// Diversity of Gifts
- Acts 18:9-11// Do not be silent
- Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate
- Magis written by Becky Eldredge