Daily Meditation: April 24, 2015

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Fulfilling a Mission

When we live our lives as missions, we become aware that there is a home from where we are sent and to where we have to return. We start thinking about ourselves as people who are in a faraway country to bring a message or work on a project, but only for a certain amount of time. When the message has been delivered and the project is finished, we want to return home to give an account of our mission and to rest from our labours.

One of the most important spiritual disciplines is to develop the knowledge that the years of our lives are years “on a mission.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson. Scripture chosen by L. Yeskoo.

For further reflection …

“As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” – Isaiah 55: 10-12

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4 Responses to Daily Meditation: April 24, 2015

  1. Elaine says:

    I had not thought about our lives on earth as a “faraway country,” but come to think of it, watching the nightly news is a kind of surreal experience: What kind of people drop drones on innocent people, execute humanitarian aid workers, or blandly turn a blind eye to the atrocities and injustices of the world? What kind of people can calmly turn off the TV and go about their daily lives? Surely this is a world that is far away from the one God intends for us. There are those God-centered refuges we find along the way: maybe the comfort of a church community, the solidarity with the poor we find in our work at a shelter, friendships rooted in love and compassion. But maybe these are just oases or hostels on life’s journey. I pray today that we will find ways to make this world less foreign, more like home.

  2. Jim Sullivan says:

    Thank U, Pere Henri, for this remarkable, fruitful description
    of mission. This has so helped me think about my own simple
    life & what I am to do. Thank you, his society, for including this piece in the daily read.

  3. George Marsh says:

    I read several years ago a book by a missioner, in which one point made was that a missioner has to move on when the mission is completed and those in the mission are mature enough to lead each other in faith. Thus the judgment that the mission is ultimately ready for autonomy can be as difficult to reach as that of a parent saying goodbye to an adult son or daughter. Grace enables all concerned.

  4. Bobbye says:

    I love the the comparison that our lives are like a “mission”. I had never thpught of it that way, thank you.

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