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 "Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday"
 

The Gospel of Jesus, Divine Wisdom, is spirit and life. It makes the dead rise again, restores dignity to the excluded, gives joy to the afflicted, renews every creature, transforms, sanctifies, and offers eternal life. When the Word illuminates, however, at the same time it judges, because it strips the soul of its masks, revealing the truth that is exposed in the conscience ....

The parable of Jesus in the Gospel ... is set in a certain town, a city without a name since what is told seems to take place everywhere .... The widow is determined not to remain invisible or unheard, even before a dishonest judge, until the case is definitively resolved in her favor.

Jesus uses the parable to teach about the necessity of urgent and continual prayer. If prayer is the heart of the Church's mission, it is because within this personal and ecclesial relationship with God, persons and communities are renewed through the salvation offered to us by Jesus. His question about faith when he will return seems to indicate a preoccupation by Jesus about the efficacy of the mission that will be carried out and the authenticity of the witness of the missionary disciples. These disciples are sent into the world as the Church of Christ, the community of the redeemed, to be the seed and beginning of the kingdom .... The efficacy of continuous prayer, of constant supplication, of the insistent search for love, for truth and justice, forges the disciple's capacity for mission. Only those who insistently pray put Christ at the center of their lives and of the mission entrusted to them, growing in faith.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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