Daily Bread

April 25, 2018

1 Pt 5:5b-14; Ps 89; Mk 16:15-20

St. Mark, evangelist

"Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
The church is missionary by nature. The Second Vatican Council called the church’s missionary mandate its “essential task.” In 1919, Pope Benedict XV sought a missionary approach free from colonial, nationalistic and expansionistic aims, proclaiming, “The Church of God is universal; she is not alien to any people.” On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, Pope Francis sent a Letter for the Centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter “Maximum illud” calling for an Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019 to increase awareness of the “missio ad gentes”—the call to go out to the nations — “with prophetic spirit and evangelical boldness, to God’s saving will through the Church’s universal mission.” As St. John Paul II stated, “The mission of Christ the Redeemer, which is entrusted to the Church, is still very far from completion.”
Send forth your church, O Lord, with a renewed missionary spirit.

Patricia Russell

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About Daily Bread

Homiletic starters and scriptural reflection points for each day of the month

The Lectionary provides a kind of spiritual script for the universal church that keeps us, literally, all on the same page as we journey through the liturgical seasons. These short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings, are intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world.

About the authors

Jeanne Lischer lives near Kansas City, Missouri, where she is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.  She serves two churches in Missouri. She shares her home with daughter, Sally, two cats, and a dog. Originally from St. Louis, she has also lived in Ghana, West Africa.

Mary Joshi lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, and is our first Canadian Daily Bread baker. Raised Catholic and married to a Hindu with whom she has two daughters, Mary has been challenged to examine, clarify and articulate her faith, which has informed her primary work as the RCIA coordinator for her three-parish unit and reflection writer for the parish bulletin. Her education includes degrees in history, English and deaf education.

Miguel Dulick lives in a mountain village in Honduras, Central America. Originally from St. Louis, he holds degrees from St. Louis University and Weston School of Theology, Boston.

Paige Byrne Shortal, longtime contributor to Celebration, serves as coordinator for the Daily Bread writers. She is recently retired after forty years in pastoral ministry — twenty years at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of Saint Louis University and twenty years at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri.

Patricia Russell graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in English and secondary education. She teaches high school theology, English and creative writing in Washington, Missouri. 

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