Cardinal John’s Newsletter 30 May 2019

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Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,
Only a few weeks after he was elected Pope Francis wrote Evangelii Gaudium. If you want to know what Pope Francis asks of the Church and what his plan for the Church is then read this document. It is really his plan for the future.

In Evangelii Gaudium he writes: “Each particular Church, as a portion of the Catholic Church under the leadership of its bishop, is likewise called to missionary conversion…It’s (the Church’s) joy in communicating Jesus Christ is expressed both by a concern to preach him to areas in greater need and in constantly going forth to the outskirts of its own territory or towards new sociocultural settings. Wherever the need for the light and the life of the Risen Christ is greatest, it will want to be there”. (EG 30)

Do we ever think about the fact that we are called to missionary conversion? Do we think about going to the out-skirts, to new settings, to the edges in order to make a difference by living the Gospel? The Pope’s whole focus is on evangelisation; is it our focus too? Are we doing what we can to share the Good News of the Gospel that God is with us, Jesus has redeemed us, the Holy Spirit guides and directs us. The Gospel gives hope to those struggling with life and we are the ones privileged to of-fer life and hope to others.

In this newsletter I ask all the readers to reflect on the fact that every man and woman IS a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth. In the Archdiocese we have, for many years now, been educating people in Stewardship and trying to help others discover that “intentional discipleship” is our best – and only response- to God’s constant and abundant goodness. I believe that embracing “intentional discipleship” is an ongoing part of our “missionary conversion.” The challenge to do this is as urgent as ever. Our living out of our faith is not just about what happens in our churches. Yes, we come to Mass to be part of a vibrant and exciting community; to be inspired and challenged by the Word of God; to be fed and nourished by the gift of the Eucharist. All of those gifts are not just for individuals. ey are given so that we live the mission our Archdiocesan Synod gave us almost two years ago when we reflected on the theme “Go, you are sent.”

We all know very well that in our individual lives we try to change every day, to be a little more loving, a little more patient, more kind and truthful. “Conversion” is a daily challenge, so too is “missionary conversion.” We have a task to do, at Baptism and Confirmation we were anointed for the task of being “a mission.”
Shall we get on with it?

Every blessing

Naku noa
+ John

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