|30th Week in Ordinary Time:
23-29 October 2016
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
We celebrate the 90th World Mission Sunday this weekend, first introduced by Pope Pius XI in
1926. It is a day to gratefully thank God for having us as partners in mission. God’s Mission is
Our Mission, bringing out the best in us so that those in contact with us experience goodness.
St Irenaeus expressed it well: “The glory of God is the human person fully alive”, and our
prayers highlight the mercy and compassion by which our finite being is enriched by God’s
infinite goodness. Our Gospel reading this weekend exemplifies this reality - two men go to
the Temple to pray, but their prayers are very different. The Pharisee considers himself
perfect, prays to himself, and his invocation leaves him vain. The Tax Collector prays to God,
becoming conscious of his poverty. He perceives God’s mercy, acknowledging that all
goodness comes by the grace of God, as our steadfast partner in mission!
For nine decades, all collections on Mission Sunday have been given to the Universal Fund of
the Church for its Missionary Activities, especially in the young and needy dioceses around
the world. As we come together on World Mission Sunday, please give generously and from
your heart. When each of our individual acts of giving is multiplied millions of times, our
Missionary Church becomes the Witness of Mercy, through a simple but beautiful act of
charity; one which Pope Francis proclaims in his Mission Sunday Message.