Concept of Mission
Our historical roots of mission spring from our foundational charism and our heritage. Mother Paula speaks in the Introduction to the Inner Spirit of the double vocation of a religious and a missionary. Our Constitutions say, we were founded as a missionary congregation.
The mission concept of the time of our foundation was based on the gospel of St. Matthew (28:19-20) or St. Marks (16:15-16). “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This became the foundation of all missionary engagement of the church. And for a long time this mentality inspired the missionaries.
The Vatican II document “Ad Gentes” states: “The Church on earth is by its very nature missionary, since, according to the plan of the Father it has its origin in the mission of the son and the Holy Spirit.”
1) The origin, the beginning of mission is the Trinity itself.
The word mission – going out, being sent, has something to do with the inner movements and relationships of the three divine persons, the love between the Father, the Son and the Spirit, as stated in our three principles. Our God is not static within himself, he is not self-contented, but he is dynamic, he is relational, he is loving. He displays these same qualities when he reveals himself to the world, to us. God feels compelled to hand on this Trinitarian, relational love to us,
- In his creation,
- In the redemptive work of his Son and
- In the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Therefore “mission” means: the movement of the love of God, the Emmanuel, God with us comes into our world.
2) The highlight, the climax of mission is the Mission of Jesus.
In Jesus Christ, the messenger, the missionary of God, the kindness and love of God reaches its peak. Christ has come to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, to bring sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. (Lk 4.18) This is how Jesus explains his mission. All his preaching, his whole life on earth has the one goal, to bring people, us into this circle of the love of God.
3) The Outpouring of the Spirit – Continuation of this mission: the mission of the church, our mission.
This good news, the love of God, his kindness is so important, so necessary for us, for the life of people, that it was the expressed wish of Jesus, that all people may have a share in it. “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you. (John 20,21)
Our mission therefore is:
- To participate in the creation of the Father
- To participate in the mission, the redemptive work of the Son
- To participate in, to facilitate the outpouring of the Hl. Spirit.