Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO RIO DE JANEIRO
ON THE OCCASION OF THE XXVIII WORLD YOUTH DAY
Address to the Leadership of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America
during the General Coordination Meeting
POPE FRANCIS
Sumaré Study Center, Rio de Janeiro
Sunday, 28 July 2013

"Missionary discipleship is a vocation: a call and an invitation. It is given in the "today," but also "in tension." There is no such thing as static missionary discipleship. A missionary disciple cannot be his own master -- his immanence is in tension toward the transcendence of discipleship and towards the transcendence of mission. It does not allow for self-absorption: either it points to Jesus Christ or it points to the people to whom he must be proclaimed. The missionary disciple is a self-transcending subject, a subject projected towards encounter: an encounter with the Master (who anoints us as his disciples) and an encounter with men and women who await the message.

That is why I like saying that the position of missionary disciples is not in the centre but at the periphery: they live poised towards the peripheries… including the peripheries of eternity, in the encounter with Jesus Christ. In the preaching of the Gospel, to speak of “existential peripheries” decentralizes things; as a rule, we are afraid to leave the centre. The missionary disciple is someone “off centre”: the centre is Jesus Christ, who calls us and sends us forth. The disciple is sent to the existential peripheries."

If you’re an alcoholic, I'm thinking, you’ve been sent to the existential peripheries since birth.



from my NIGHT-TIME FROM A MOVING CAR SERIES.
THESE WERE TAKEN IN ST. PAUL MN
DONT WORRY, SOMEONE ELSE WAS AT THE WHEEL


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