“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Missio aims to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in the world to share faith, care for people in need and act for justice and creation.
As did Jesus, Missio is sent to:
—Bring good news to the poor
—Proclaim release to captives and recovery of sight to the blind
—Let the oppressed go free
—Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
The Good News is proclaimed most powerfully in selfless acts of love. By these acts, Christians are both signs and revelations of Christ.
“This witness is the first and irreplaceable form of mission.”*
This witness is essential so that all will know Jesus as Saviour and fullness of life, and come into the body of Christ.
The Reign of God is fully realised when the when the equality and respect for the dignity of all persons is ensured and human rights are guaranteed. This only becomes reality when we place the intrinsic value of the each person at the centre of our lives and our societies, and encourage Gospel values to be lived out as we serve God through reaching out to others.
This mission of bringing good news in all its forms (proclamation of the Word, witness, dialogue, justice making, denouncing injustice, repentance, the putting on and revealing Christ) includes all people. It excludes no-one.
Standing in solidarity with those who are weak and suffering, Missio seeks to protect the innocent, the powerless and exploited—and to empower, enable and ennoble them to reclaim their rightful participation and inclusion in the human family.
This is Christ’s mission in action.
*Redemptoris Missio 42