Opening up to the mission of the Church is the Pope’s prayer intention for the month of October

Pope Francis, in his special prayer intention for the month of October, invites us to pray that all Christians will be missionary disciples and open to the demands of the Church’s evangelizing mission.

In his video message, Pope Francis reminds everyone of the need to pray and to be open to the call of Jesus and to live united with him in the worldly events of our daily life. “Jesus asks all of us, and you too, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?”

“Working, meeting other people, our daily duties and the fortuitous events of each day” – these are the opportunities we have to let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, said the Pope.

Other people easily notice that each of our actions is motivated by Christ, he said.

“And your testimony of life will inspire admiration, and admiration inspires others to ask, ‘How is it possible that this person is like this? “” What is the source of the love that this person treats everyone with – kindness and good humor? “”

In this month of October, as the Church begins World Mission Month which includes the celebration of the 95th World Mission Day on Sunday, October 24, the Pope addresses the issue of evangelism and proselytism.

“Let us remember that the mission is not proselytizing; the mission is based on a meeting between people, on the testimony of men and women who say: “I know Jesus, and I would like you to know him too”, declared Francis.

Another aspect of Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October is the invitation to all baptized Christians to be open to the demands of the gospel.

“Pray that every baptized person will be engaged in evangelism, available for mission, witnessing a life that tastes of the gospel,” he said.

The Pope’s Global Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer has developed the “The Pope’s Video” initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of the Pope’s monthly intentions in relation to the challenges facing humanity.

Today, the network connects millions of Catholics around the world from various countries, cultures and social and ecclesial contexts, through prayer.

In a statement accompanying the Pope’s prayer intention for September, the Pope’s Global Prayer Network explains that the October intention also comes in the same month that the synodal process begins.

The Synod process will begin on October 10 and will launch a call to all Catholics to walk together as “pilgrim and missionary people of God”.

According to Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, a “Synodal Church cannot be other than a missionary Church, because the mission necessarily begins with the dynamism of mutual listening”.

“It is only by praying and opening our eyes to everything around us – as Pope Francis reminds us – that it will be possible to perceive the action of the Spirit, which is already at work. , and to be a Church on the move, a missionary Church that avoids self-reference and is capable of being for all this “sacrament of care” that the world so badly needs ”, he declared.

Father Frederic Fornos, SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, said the Pope invites all Christians to participate in this process of discernment by rooting our actions in prayer.

He explained: “The intentions of the Pope, which are presented each month, are part of the prayer and discernment of the Holy Father. These prayer intentions, in the context of the synodal process that the Church begins, as the People of God, are an invitation to discern and recognize how the Spirit of the Lord calls us to face the challenges of humanity and of the mission. from the church.”

In the Pope’s video for August 2021, Pope Francis has already underlined the specific vocation of the Church, which is evangelization. On this occasion, he advocated the Church following a “more missionary option”, which begins with “a reform of ourselves”.

This month, Francis deepens this call, inviting men and women to let themselves be “moved” by Christ and thus to bear witness to a life which contaminates others, which attracts without forcing or demanding.

In the interview-book “Without him we can do nothing: a conversation about being a missionary in today’s world”, which documents a conversation between Francis and the Italian journalist Gianni Valente, the Pope has declared that the Church grows by attraction and by witness.

It is about living close to Jesus, meeting others. It is about embodying the Gospel in daily life, being a fire that kindles another fire.

“If you have been drawn to Christ, if you move and do things because you are drawn to Christ, others will effortlessly notice it. There is no need to prove it, let alone flaunt it.” , François said.

The full text of the Pope’s prayer intention is below:

We pray that each baptized person will be engaged in evangelization, available for the mission, witnessing a life that tastes of the Gospel.

Pope Francis – October 2021

Jesus asks all of us, and you too, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?

It is enough to be available to respond to his call and to live united with the Lord in the most common daily things – work, meetings, our daily duties, the fortuitous events of each day – always let oneself be guided by the Spirit. Holy .

If Christ moves you, if you do things because Christ guides you, others will easily notice it.

And your testimony of life will inspire admiration, and admiration inspires others to ask, “How is it possible that this person is like this?” “What is the source of the love with which this person treats everyone – kindness and good humor?”

Remember that the mission is not proselytizing; the mission is based on a meeting between men, on the testimony of men and women who say: “I know Jesus, and I would like you to know him too.

Brothers and sisters, let us pray that each baptized person will be engaged in evangelization, available for the mission, by being witnesses of a life with a flavor of the Gospel.

Charles K. Eckert