Leading and Forming
Year Four, the Year of Send, is all about “leading disciples to accept God’s desire to send them on mission.”* It is about knowing and loving Jesus so much that we cannot keep it to ourselves but we feel the need to share Him with the world! It is by taking our encounter with Jesus into the world that we become missionary disciples.
Pope Francis reminds us that all the baptized are called to be missionary disciples:
“Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries,’ but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples.’” **
*USCCB Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization
** Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, no.120