"He said to them,
'Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.'"
- Luke 9: 3
Last Wednesday, Fr. Ruper Solis, SVD celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the Couples For Christ Global Mission Center. I memorized the homily he said because it was something very useful to us missionaries. The homily was in line with the Gospel which was taken from Luke 9:1-6.
Being a missionary priest in Argentina for the last 7 years, Fr. Ruper has so much to share about how to really be a missionary.
|Fr. Ruper Solis|
"Do not take anything with you"
In the homily, he shared with us the Three Qualities of a Missionary.
Number 1: You are a messenger.
Fr. Ruper reminded us that as missionaries, we do not send ourselves but it is the Lord who sends us. Sometimes, when we go to a place, we tend to be arrogant and think "I will save these people." But not really.
He reminded us to remember that it is Christ who sent us. We are merely bearers of the message and servants ready to do His will. We are there not to do what we want but to open ourselves to do exactly what God wants for the people through our presence.
We are but instruments.
Number 2: You should Live Simply.
Before Fr. Ruper went to Argentina, he carried with him 2 large suitcases of personal belongings enough for the 7-year trip. When he got back to the Philippines after 7 years, he also brought back 2 large suitcases with him. That was all he had.
He found it funny that his entire possessions fit in only 2 large suitcases. But that story reminded me of how we are but nomads in this life. Earth is not our final destination but Heaven.
We came here on earth with nothing and we will leave with nothing.
As missionaries, we are to live simply and be ready to surrender much material wealth for the call of the Lord.
Number 3: You must be a Positive thinker.
Being a positive thinker is one of the most necessary 'skills' of a missionary. According to Fr. Ruper, being a missionary is not a walk in the park. There are times when you will face rejection, persecution, disillusionment, and hopelessness in your journey. It is best to think positive and focus on God despite the many oppressions that come your way.
Those are my notes from his homily and I hope these will inspire you in your journey as a missionary for Christ.
God bless you!!!
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