• MaryCarmen Knox

St. John the Baptist and the Mission of PAPA Members


On June 24th we celebrated the birth of St. John the Baptist. And during the Vigil Mass readings something struck me about his mission and our missionary work as PAPA members.

Please, I am not in any shape or form comparing myself to this great Saint. What I am trying to say is that God sends all of us to the world to share His light with others.

And I hesitate, just like Jeremiah in the first reading. But he assures us not to worry. Just like in the commercial catch phrase: "Do it."

Leave the rest to Him. Reaping the harvest is not for us. It is His.

St. John the Baptist went to the world and prepared it to receive Jesus. When he was asked about Jesus he responded: "He must increase; I must decrease" (Jn 3:30). So our mission is not for ourselves. We are here to make disciples of all nations for Him (Mt. 28:19). We are to love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Patron, and help priests, through our prayers, persevere in their faithfulness and fidelity to God and His Church.

If we don't share the good news with others, are we really the "salt of the earth"? (Mt. 5:13)

Let's pray for the intercession of St. John the Baptist to have the courage to talk to all we meet about our mission of praying for priests, and to see all priests on fire for Jesus and His Church, the Body and Bride of Christ.

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