LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BECOME THE MESSAGE AND THE MESSENGER
This theme has been divided into three sub-headings: ‘ I am the Light of the World’ ( Jn. 8: 12) ‘ You are the Light of the World’ ( Mt. 5:14) ‘ Let your Light Shine’ ( Mt. 5: 16)
“ LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER” Mt.5:16 Why do we need to shine? Why are we not shining? –Challenges to shine How can we shine before others in our times?
To share our faith, it arises from the very nature of the Christian Believer.
Letting the light shine is holding Jesus in our hearts and carrying him to others.
The Missionary Motivation is from God’s love for all people.
Christ’s mandate to go and proclaim
We let our light shine to fulfill the purpose of God choosing every believer.
To let our light shine is the most beautiful and noble thing a believer can do.
The world urgently needs the Gospel
We let our light shine because we cannot keep it to ourselves.
We have the “words of eternal life” and the people of this world have a right to hear the gospel
Evangelisation is the central mission of the Church
Missio Agentes is very urgent in our times
The ultimate purpose to shine, is that those who see us shining may glorify the Heavenly Father.
Why are we not shining?
Challenges from outside of us:
Challenges from within the church:
Lack of clarity on the understanding of Evangelical Mission
Poor Christian Witness
Lack of sense of responsibility for evangelisation
Too much worldly attachments of the Christians
The Church on earth by its very nature is Missionary
Mission of Creation – Dialogue of life
Mission of Redemption – Dialogue of action and Collaboration
Mission of the Holy Spirit – Dialogue of Spiritual Experience
Apocalyptic Mission-Mission of Hope – Dialogue of Theological exchange
How can we shine before others in our times?
Evangelization is not a form of political campaign.
It is not a spiritual boxing.
It is not a threat to people’s cultural heritage.
The first thing to do is to come into the lives of people.
We are amazed at the way that jesus kept walking into the lives of people.
He is ever sensitive to the needs of people.
The light of Christ shown in five different ways: (Lk4:18-19)
Give attention to the needs of the individuals and communities.
The evangelizer’s intervention on behalf of communities differs from that of a social worker.
Tapping the Creativity.
Resist Inner Secularization.
Avoid Theological Sensationalism.
Do not discredit the Christian past.
We are called to build a civilization of love.
Witness of life is the most powerful and extremely important means
The Basic Christian/ Small human communities
New Evangelization is the clarion call of Pope John Paul II.
DIALOGUES: RELATIONSHIP TO S.C.B.COMMISSION
Dialogue of life : Medico-Pastoral Commission
Health Care, Pastoral care of the sick, Care of the aged.
Dialogue of action: Socio-Pastoral Commission
Creating awareness and strengthening self-help forces among target groups
Improving the living conditions of poor and underprivileged families through appropriate socio-economic measures.
This is done through the twin methodology of education and motivation
Dialogue of Theological Exchange-Education Commission
Christian Education in all our ministries. Value Education,
Awareness of Human Rights
Dialogue of Spiritual Experience- Pastoral Commission
Prayer, Faith sharing, Celeberations of festivals, Scripture Study
Dialogue of Life –SCCs- Towards Basic Human Communities Promoting a Culture of Life through Dialogue.
Caring for the Environment and Education
Formation of Basic Human Communities. It implies concern, respect for life and hospitality towards others
The church in dialogue with the world
Scc’s / Small Human Communities cannot live in isolation. It must live in dialogue with the world, listening and learning from the world, and responding to the “Signs of the Times”.
God reveals himself to us through
The human experience-News Papers, World/Local situations
The World (Creation) Environmental Issues
DIALOGUE FOR ACTION / DIALOGUE OF COLLABORATION It calls every Christian to work together with each and all for goals of humanitarian, social, economic or political nature which are directed towards the liberation and advancement of humankind. Can we as Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo truly engage in a “Dialogue of Life” which can provide us with the necessary stimuli to rethink strategies, to redefine our priorities and recreate positive action in the face of fundamentalism and fascist forces that have gripped our society?
Dialogue of Theological Exchange
One does not seek to prove superiority of one’s own faith to convince the others.
The attitude one adopts here is not one of prejudice, intolerance or abandonment of principles but of genuine witness.
One does not even seek to necessarily to come to an agreement on doctrinal matters.
It cannot be carried out by everyone or anyone.
It presupposes a through grounding in one’s own faith combined with openness to what others believe.
“ The dialogue of Spirituality is an essential and crowning form of dialogue.” it is in sharing one’s deepest spiritual experiences that one comes closest to others and realizes the deep oneness in the Divine Spirit.
Develop a curriculum to teach basics of all religions to all our students in our high schools, nursing schools and colleges. Make them acquainted with the elevating prayers of different religions and with the lives of the great sages and saints of religious traditions.
In the neighborhood communities encourage the common celebration of religious festivals, shared study of the Scriptures and spiritual classics of local religions and inter-religious prayer sessions on auspicious occasions.
Organise inter-religious satsangs where spiritual experiences are shared in small groups in an explorative way. Open minded sages of different religions could be invited to share their perceptions and insights.
LOVE, SERVICE AND FORGIVENESS ARE THE KEYSTONES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE!!!