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Theme for 2014:

Discipleship: CALLED, CHOSEN, SENT

Month Monthly Sub Theme Scripture
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Jan Called by God Matthew 9:9-13
Feb Called by Name Mark 3:13-19
Mar Called to Intimacy John 10:14-15, 27-28
Apr Called to New Life John 3:1-7
Month Monthly Sub Theme Scripture
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May Chosen from Among Many John 1:35-42
Jun Chosen to be Empowered John 14:23-26
Jul Chosen to Receive the Word Mark 4:3-10, 14-20
Aug Chosen to Glorify God Luke 1:46-55
Month Monthly Sub Theme Scripture
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Sept Sent to Love Luke 10:25-37
Oct Sent to Dialogue Matthew 7:21-27
Nov Sent to Bear Witness Matthew 5:13-16
Dec Sent to Incarnate the Word John 14:6-11

The theme Discipleship is maintained so as to retain continuity with the process that had started with PMPC 3. The rationale for choosing this theme is because it points to the journey the apostles that Jesus had chosen as His own, beginning with being disciples and ending as apostles. The 12 apostles that Jesus had chosen were ordinary men who had been engaged in their own profession. Jesus calls them despite their imperfections because He saw a potential in them and also because they themselves were probably looking for greater meaning in life indicated by their spontaneous response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. However, the journey from being a disciple (Greek: mathetes = a learner/pupil) to being an apostle (Greek: apostolos = to be sent) is marked by three important moments: yje call by God, being chosen from among many, and being sent to proclaim.

The overarching Scripture text for the year 2014 will be Luke 10:1 – After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.

The focus of this year will be on helping our communities understand that our faith must move us to reach out to others: “The missionary outreach is a clear sign of the maturity of an ecclesial community” (Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini, 95). Each community is “mature” when it professes faith, celebrates it with joy during liturgy, lives charity, proclaims the Word of God endlessly, leaves one’s own to take it to the “suburbs”, especially to those who have not yet had the opportunity to know Christ. The strength of our faith, at a personal and community level, can be measuredby the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness it to those we meet and share the path of life with us (Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Sunday 2013).

The overall theme will focus on each one of the dimensios of discipleship for four months during the year: Called (January – April), Chosen (May – August), Sent (Septemeber – December). For each month of the year, these dimensions of discipleship will be further divided so as to help our communities reflect and understand better.

Each of the dimensions of discipleship will focus on one aspect of the journey from being disciples to apostles. The CALL will focus on God’s initiative to invite us on this journey to discipleship. It is not because we merit the call but it is purely God’s generosity that we are included in the invitation. Being CHOSEN will focus on the fact that from among many people, only a few are chosen and the “chosen ones” are called to be with Him and learn from Him. Being SENT will focus on the fact that we have been calle dnad chosen for one simple reasin that is to be sent on mission – the mission of Jesus Christ.

We have to remind ourselves that the mission entrusted to us by Jesus is a response to the relationship that we have grown with Him. The missionary activity is not activism but a loving response to the initiative of God’s call. In short, the action flows from being with Jesus and for the glory of God.


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