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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Let Our Work Begin...

As Catholics, the call to mission is embedded in the very fabric of our faith. It echoes through the Gospels, resonating with the teachings of Jesus who commissioned his disciples to go forth and proclaim the Good News to all nations. Now, more than ever, the rallying cry “Let our work begin” beckons us to engage in the mission of Jesus with renewed vigor and commitment.


Our mission as Catholics is rooted in love, mirroring the selfless love of Christ who laid down His life for us. It is a call to extend this love beyond the confines of our churches and into the world, embracing humanity with compassion and understanding. As Pope Francis reminds us, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”


Letting our work begin in the mission of Jesus entails actively participating in the healing and reconciliation of a broken world. It prompts us to step outside our comfort zones, reaching out to the marginalized, the oppressed, and those in need. It is a call to be instruments of God’s peace, to    advocate for justice, and to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable.


Our work begins by recognizing the divine image in every person we encounter. It is an acknowledgment that we are all part of God’s family, interconnected in our humanity. This perspective guides us to treat others with dignity and respect, fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding in a world often divided by differences.


Education becomes a cornerstone of our mission. To let our work truly begin, we must deepen our understanding of the teachings of Jesus and the rich traditions of our faith. It is through this knowledge that we equip ourselves to be        ambassadors of Christ, ready to share the Gospel not only in words but through our actions and lives.


In the workplace, our mission unfolds as we integrate our faith with our professional responsibilities. It involves ethical decision-making, integrity in our dealings, and a commitment to excellence that reflects the glory of God. Letting our work begin in the mission of Jesus means being a light in the often-challenging environments where we find ourselves, showcasing Christian values through our work ethic and interactions.


As we embark on this mission, we find strength in community. The Church, as the Body of Christ, is our support and source of inspiration. Together, we share the responsibility of advancing God’s kingdom on earth. Letting our work begin is not a solitary endeavor but a collective effort, united in purpose and fueled by the grace of the Holy Spirit.


The call to “Let our work begin” is a summons to live out the mission of Jesus in every aspect of our lives. It is an    invitation to be living witnesses of God’s love, mercy, and justice. As Catholics, this mission is not an option but a  fundamental aspect of our identity. May we embrace this call with open hearts, recognizing that in letting our work begin for the mission of Jesus, we participate in building a more compassionate, just, and loving world.



Deacon Mike



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