“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me”
In the bible, the number “seven” refers to completeness and perfection. When Jesus was asked how many times we should forgive someone, he said “seven times 70.”
As the symbol of God’s love, which is infinity itself, the notion of “seven” is sacred.
The reason I am expressing gratitude today “7,000 times” is for the legacy of mission represented by Maryknoll’s Jubilee Class of 2020—and, at least by my calculation, their 7,000 years of service.
Jubilee Day is when we thank God for the past service of our missioners. Among this year’s class are missioners who have served for 25, 40, 50, 60, 65 and even 70 years. The call to serve runs remarkably deep in this group. Two of them have served in mission for 70 years—there’s that number again!—and they continue to serve in full-time prayer ministries.
We bless their continuing journeys and are grateful for their calling to mission and the generous way they not only accept God’s blessings but share them with the world. Each act of kindness or compassion, by a Missioner or by a person of faith just like you, adds a grain of sand to the mountain we are building together. And that mountain is the Kingdom of God.
Friend, Jubilee Day reminds me of the countless communities all over the world that have been touched by Maryknoll and the spirit of mission. They are lasting testaments to the power of the Gospel, and the healing grace of God’s love. This is your day to celebrate, too. Go forth on Sending Day and fulfill the mission that God has called you to. Let’s make each day Sending Day.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.
Jubilee for Missioners
O most gracious God
You call each of us to
go forth and spread the Good News
to everyone we meet along the Way.
We give You thanks for Your calling
as each of us seeks to answer Your call
in everything we say and do.
Multiply our prayers and good works
that Your people might be filled
to overflowing with Your grace.
You who accepted the offering
of two fish and five loaves
and filled all the people with your love,
accept the small offering of ourselves
and use us according to Your Will
to build the kingdom of God In our midst here and now.
In gratitude for all that was
in living hope for all that is
and in loving faith for what will be
we give You praise, O God,
our rock, our fortress, our deliverer!
Prayer by Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.