The Missionary is moved by Faith
Every one of us has a desire to become a missionary one day somewhere in an unknown land. We all praise and admire the great works of missionaries. The life of great missionaries is what we sometime take a lot of interest to know about and, to imitate. But have we ever given a thought to the fact that there is some internal force which moves a particular missionary to do what he does. We might glorify the deeds of missionaries; however we must not forget that a person is a missionary because of his mustard-seed like faith in God. Yes, it is his faith in almighty God which moves a missionary to do great works of charity for the people of God and even for the enemies of God.
Each missionary expresses his desire to become a missionary and go to the remotest place because of his belief in the Lord. He listens to God’s voice speaking to him, calling out his name to do His will. Thus a missionary becomes a messenger of God because of his faith and in return, God makes him the instrument of faith to the others.
Faith, as everybody knows, is one’s total surrender to God and to His infinite will. It is this aspect of faith that leads a person to empty himself, his selfish motivation and to generously offer himself in the service of others. Faith is what makes one’s relationship with God stronger based on mutual understanding and love. And we can see this same attitude in a missionary.
This year we celebrate the Year of Faith, so it becomes essential for all of us to look at the life of different missionaries who have toiled hard and worked zealously for the cause of spreading the Kingdom of God. We can see in them the aspects of mystics, prophets and servants of God, always working tirelessly to give Jesus to others.
-Cl. Aristo Andrat