Missionary Discipleship and the Call to Get Involved
What if we instead asked, "How am I called to get involved in this?"
I find this question more helpful because it gives us a path to discerning our role in the world without retreating into a sense of insignificance. Of course, it is more challenging for the same reason. It is one thing to say that I am powerless to end human suffering, but another to claim complete powerlessness in the face of it. After all, who among us has never experienced the power of a loving face or compassionate hand in the midst of distress?
|Madame Samson runs a feeding program for children in her Port-au-Prince neighborhood.|
Most of us have a sense that there are things wrong with this world. People are suffering in needless ways, people are in conflict, people hunger and thirst, people are oppressed and wrongfully imprisoned, people are subjected to punishment absent mercy or balance. But we also know that these statements also very much describe the world in which Jesus and his disciples ministered with complete engagement. For this reason, Pope Francis urges Catholics to "try a little harder to take the first step and become involved." He compels us to become "a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice."
Embracing this notion that we are all missionary disciples is where I believe that Gospel comes alive. Full discipleship seeks always to expand and go forth. It is a discipleship that invites us to ask time and time again: "How am I called to get involved?"
Kevin Foy works in mission education for Maryknoll in the Pacific Northwest.