December 3rd, 2003
Tom Schloemer, S.J.
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Today we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, a member of
St. Ignatius Loyola’s original companions in the formation of the Society
of Jesus. Francis went on to become the patron saint of the Church’s
missions through his legendary accomplishments in India and Japan.
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus is engaged in missionary activity.
He had come into the Gentile territory of Tyre and Sidon. He had worked
wonders of healing in that area. There was a welcoming invitation to
a meal open to all.
What kind of missionary activity is present in our lives? Will we go
off to another continent? Will we work wonders or preach on street
corners? Most likely not. We can stay in our little corner of
the world. We can work wonders of healing through compassionately listening
to others. We can be open to all persons in our lives. We truly
can be missionary in spirit.
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