On Palm Sunday the Archdiocese asks our parishes to do a special collection for missions, and by extension reminds us that we have missions, or more to the point are a Mission!
In the same way one cannot separate the Gospel from the Church, one cannot separate a Christian from mission. Regardless if we attend a Cathedral in Ukraine, or a mission in Winnipeg, bearing witness of the Lord’s saving love, His life giving passion, death and Resurrection to the world, should be as normal as breathing. This is mission.
From the baptism of Armenia and Ethiopia through Georgia, and Kyivan Rus (Ukraine and Russia), through Africa and Asia and now in North America and South America, the Orthodox Church has always made this witness, as normal as breathing.
This summer our Brent Boblinski is working with the Orthodox Church Mission Center (OCMC) on a mission in Guatemala. Brent, who has done this work before, has asked our community to be apart this mission by supporting him. Our contributions, and support of his work, affirm the universality of the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3) not just in our own backyards, but half way around the world.
May the Lord bless our life of mission, both here and abroad!