All are called to be missionaries

“Mission is not separated from discipleship. They are two sides of the same coin. By virtue of our baptism, we are all missionaries.”

May 31, 2019

By Bernard Anthony
“Mission is not separated from discipleship. They are two sides of the same coin. By virtue of our baptism, we are all missionaries.”

Fr Damian Charles said this on May 12 at the Church of St Peter, where he gave a short sharing on Mission, in conjunction with the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019, to pilgrims from Kuala Lumpur and some of his parishioners.

“Jesus the Good Shepherd knows His own and they follow Him. Those who have a personal and intimate relationship with Him will recognise the voice of the Good Shepherd and follow Him, said Fr Damian.

“We too must be good shepherds. Jesus entrusted all to us to care for. To lay down your life for the sheep — means making sacrifices, not to die, as Jesus already died for us,” Fr Damian elaborated.

Fr Damian, the Parish Administrator of this 68 year-old church, went on to state our Mission: As parents, your children have been entrusted to you, to bring them up in the Christian values. We do not need to give them everything, that is not what love is. Bring children up the right way.

He also said that children nowadays have no time for catechism, priority is given for paper qualifications. When they are not shown the right values, they grow up without feeling love or compassion. There is a growing number of them sending their parents to the old folks homes or just abandoning them.

Pope Francis made it very clear, all of us must have a sense of mission, otherwise we are the ‘walking dead’. Even those who are in wheelchairs have a mission — to pray. That is mission. As witnesses of God, our lives must be a witness. Be a peacemaker in the family, reconcile with one another. All of us can do that. When we receive Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, we must become more and more like Him. In our sinfulness, we can still preach and witness Jesus the Good Shepherd, to follow Him and draw others to Christ,” added Fr Damian.

Earlier, all joined in a prayer session, focusing on mission and evangelisation. Fr Damian also shared briefly the history of this small parish, which today consists of 95 per cent Sarawakians and Sabahans. Fr Damian said he loves the community here. The majority of the parishioners are from the nearby camp. It is a small but vibrant community of believers.

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