AREN’T WE MISSIONARIES OF LOVE?
Love existed since the beginning. It was manifested in the unity of the Holy Trinity. The Father’s love for the son and that of the son towards the father is symbolically expressed in the birth of the Holy Spirit. God created man out of love. God later sent prophets and messengers to communicate his love. When no one would believe in this message that ‘He is love’, he sent his only son as a complete manifestation of his Love. He himself is Love. When dying on the cross for our salvation he gave the fullest expression of the Father’s love.
The Prophets and messengers were truly the missionaries of love who cried out for the people’s repentance to return to the merciful God. Jesus, though God, came in humility to sacrifice himself for our sake. We are all called to follow Christ in this example of humility and self-gift. We become missionaries after the heart of Christ to proclaim the Good News that “God is LOVE”. We make the word of God incarnate in our lives and we become authentic and credible witness to the ‘message’ and to ‘him’ whom we are proclaiming.
What we require is to daily meditate, assimilate and interpret God’s word. Likewise, in the light of God’s word reading the signs of the time we interpret our present life situation. We totally give of ourselves to the service of the poor, the marginalised and we cry out against poverty and injustice. We defend and promote Human dignity and respect. We must be missionaries of love, denying one’s own self for the work of God in the service of others.
Nazarius Kharkongor SDB