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“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands.  Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.” (Psalm 96:1-3)

You can take center stage today.  This is your moment to “sing a new song” by sharing God’s love with the world.

World Mission Sunday is an affirmation that we are chosen not necessarily to do great things—although I’m sure you have—but to join God in doing what is already at work.  Pope Francis calls this action of the spirit “the universal sacrament of God’s love for the world.”  When we witness our faith, he says, God continues to manifest infinite love in ways that “transform hearts, minds, bodies, societies, and cultures in every place and time.”  This is what we celebrate today on World Mission Sunday.

Our celebration is tempered this year for all the reasons we know—but it’s also an invitation to renewal.  Like the apostles caught in a storm and fearful for their lives, we realized that we can only deal with adversity when we care for one another.  When we all pull together.  In his address today, Our Holy Father Pope Francis acknowledges the immense suffering of people all over the world from the global pandemic.  But in recognizing our human frailty, Francis says we are reminded of “our deep desire for life and liberation from evil.”  In this context, the Pope says our call to mission is “an invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbor.”  It’s an opportunity for sharing, service, and prayer. 

The mission that God is calling us to always leads away from fear to a new understanding of mercy and compassion.  By giving ourselves over to others, we experience God’s merciful love.  Yes, in mission we are “called, sent, and transformed.”

Friend, when the prophet Isaiah heard the voice of God, he said, “Here I am Lord.  Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8).  He had complete faith that God would show the way.  On World Mission Sunday, I invite you to trust in God, too, for you have all the tools and resources you need to witness the compassion of Our Lord, transforming yourself—and transforming the world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Prayer for 3rd Sunday

Help us to hear and answer Your call,

O Lord God, savior and redeemer

of the human race.

Fill us with Your life-giving spirit

that we too might step outside

our circle of comfort

and reach out to all

especially those who have not

experienced the joy of knowing You

and surrendering to Your will.

We pray too for the church around the world

especially communities or individuals

persecuted or oppressed for the Gospel.

May our prayers and the presence of

the Holy Spirit give them the courage to

overcome all hardships and to share

the Good News of salvation to everyone

they meet today.

Amen.

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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