Missionary Discipleship is one of the Bishops three spiritual themes that he calls us to focus on. Missionary Discipleship is the call to share our faith with others. It reminds us that we must go out and share the love of Christ with others, to make the world a better place. Missionary Discipleship is a way of life that is full of joy and hope and in living our life in this way we can bring others to encounter Christ through us.

Find a way to put your faith into action this week to help others to encounter Jesus.

Day 1 – Start with scripture

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Read the scripture passage below

A Reading from the Gospel according to John

Jesus went to a town called Bethsaida. When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.  Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 

But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.”  For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”  And they did so, and had them all sit down.  And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.  And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

The Word of the Lord
R. Thanks be to God

Luke 9:10-17

Discuss:

Reflect on and discuss how the scripture links with Missionary Discipleship (read the description at the top of the page again if you need to).

When you think of the word Mission, what comes to mind?

What does Jesus and the Church mean by mission?

Mission comes from an ancient Latin word, Mittere, meaning to send. Jesus sends his disciples into the world to share God’s love with
others. We are disciples too, and therefore we too are sent!

Share some bullet points of what you discussed.

We end with a prayer:

Lord Jesus, you call us to be Missionary disciples. 

Guide and strengthen us to share your love with all we meet. 

Give us courage to reach out to help others. 

Give us wisdom to know how best to care. 

And give us hope to believe we can make a difference. 

Bless all missionaries who bring your compassion and mercy to the poor and marginalised. 

Together, may we make known your love on earth. 

Amen. 

Day 2 – Catholic Social Teaching

We begin by making the Sign of the Cross

Rights and Responsibilities

The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.

As missionary disciples, we have a responsibility to use our gifts and energy to create a world where everyone can experience dignity. So, by following Jesus’ teachings and helping others in need, we’re putting our faith into action and being part of something bigger than ourselves!

Summer Challenge:

Take a bit of time this week to plan your own summer mission, either in groups or as a class, that will help those in need and show the love of God to others. 

Who needs to experience and see God’s love? What needs to change in our world and communities so others can live a happier life? 

Make sure your mission is something you can actually try and do, but make it challenging, no mission is supposed to be easy! 

But also remember that sometimes a simple mission of kindness goes a long way to changing the lives of others. 

Tips: could you volunteer somewhere, or organise a litter pick? Could you take part in a fundraising activity? Could you help raise awareness about issues you would like to see changed? 

We end with a prayer:

Loving God,
We believe that every person is
created in your image and that all
life is sacred.

We believe it is our responsibility to protect the rights of others.
May we work to end poverty and
injustice so all people can live life in
dignity.

Amen

Day 3 -Hit the Headlines

We begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we are going shine a spotlight on an amazing charity called Missio.

Missio ignites God’s love by helping local missionaries, A missionary is a member of a religious group who is sent into an area in order to promote its faith or provide services to people, such as educationliteracysocial justicehealth care, and economic development. The charity Missio works alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.

Sometimes this need might be very specific: a motorbike for a Priest to celebrate Mass in remote villages; a simple community hall so people can gather together; vaccinations to protect vulnerable children. Whatever the missionaries need to help them share the joy of the Gospel, Missio strives to provide it. Watch the video below for more information:

Perhaps one of the most famous Missionaries of our time is Saint Theresa of Kolkata. In 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to found her own order: the Missionaries of Charity. The order’s purpose was to help the poor while living among them, sharing their experience and treating them with kindness, compassion and empathy, but never pity. Mother Teresa and those who joined her order built various facilities as an open-air school, housing for orphan children, nursing homes for lepers and hospices for terminally ill patients.

She did amazing work throughout her life and we can be inspired by her in how we conduct ourselves throughout our lives too.

Prayer to Saint Teresa of Calcutta:

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Jesus called you to bring the light of His love to those who live in darkness. By tender, loving care for the poorest and the neediest, you became the sign of God’s presence, His love and compassion in the midst of suffering and pain.

Following your example, help us to recognize the face of Jesus in our suffering brothers and sisters and to serve Him with humility and joy. Teach us to be carriers of God’s tender love and mercy and so bear witness that God still loves the world through each one of us.
Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.