Mission in Weakness

October 1, 2010

I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me…for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Are you weak enough to be a missionary? Hardly a question one expects to find in a vocation brochure. Yet, mission today needs people who have a real sense of their own limitations and feel the need for God’s empowering Spirit.

Faced with today’s global challenges, one can easily lose heart and say, “how can I possibly change the situation?” The Spirit, however, is the principal agent of mission. Our task is to discern what the Spirit is doing in our world and offer ourselves as channels of the Spirit’s transforming activity.

To engage in mission in the way of Jesus means loving even those who do not deserve our love, forgiving when it is humanly impossible to forgive, hoping when we see no grounds for hope. Responding to these Gospel imperatives is beyond human strength. But the Spirit can make us effective instruments in the hands of God who is bringing about new creation.

Excerpted from Reflecting on Mission, Columban Companions in Mission, St. Columban’s, Solihull, United Kingdom