Christians all over the world have been charged to contribute in the proclamation of the gospel to mankind by living a good life worthy of emulation and making financial and material donations to those in the vanguard of it.
The Parish Priest of St. Endean’s Parish Okposi Umuoghara and Diocesan Director of Pontifical Missionary Society (PMS), Rev. Fr. Charles Nnachi, made the charge in his Parish when he celebrated Holy Mass to mark the world mission Sunday.
Fr. Nnachi said that the World Mission Sunday is a day set aside by the church for missionary awareness reminding them the missionary role and mandate of Christ to the church according to Mark 16:15 “go into the whole world and proclaim to all creation.
He stated that without the mission of celebrating the sacrament and the proclamation of the gospel message of salvation, the church would have become a social organization, noting that every baptized Christian is a missionary who go to the mission by giving while priest and religious give to the mission by going.
Fr. Nnachi affirms that the best way of proclaiming the gospel of Christ is by living a life people that did not even know Christ would look at and begin to understand what the motivation is and that you are already witnessing to Christ.
The PMS Director said that another aspect of a mission Sunday has been the material contribution the lay faithful support their priest, train seminarians, do parish work, buy a car to new priests, father’s feeding, etc.
The clergyman vividly explained that PMS is a missionary arm of the church that has the Pope as the head, organizes contributions and sent to Rome which in turn the Pope distributes the materials to the diocese that are in need.
Fr. Nnachi pointed out that Pope John Paul II made so much reference to the PMS describing it as the instrument of the universal missionary awareness and cooperation for the evangelization of the word of God.
He said, for the Pope, the leading role in missionary promotion among the people of God belongs to the pontifical mission society.
Fr. Nnachi further clarified that there are four arms or organs of the PMS and each of them contribute a lot to the spreading of the gospel for the well being of the people, pointing out that the organs include; pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith (POF), Holy Childhood Association (HCA), Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle (SPA) and the Pontifical Missionary Union of Priest (PMUP).
Fr. Nnachi said that the theme of 2019 Mission Sunday was “Baptize and Send the Church of Christ on Mission”.