Discipleship: Called, Chosen, Sent
The over arching 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 for 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 the liturgy, lives charity, proclaims the Word of God endlessly, leaves ones 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 measured by 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 theme of Discipleship is maintained as continuity with the process that had started with PMPC 3. Jesus had chosen 12 apostles as his own who began their journey with Jesus as disciples and ending as apostles. These 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. It is because they themselves were probably looking for greater meaning in life as indicated by their spontaneous response to Jesus’ invitation to follow him.
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: the call by God, being chosen from among many, and being sent to proclaim.
The overall theme will focus on each one of the dimensions of discipleship for four months during the year:
- Called (January – April)
- Chosen (May – August)
- Sent (September – 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.