What does it mean to be a Missionary Disciple of Jesus?
A missionary disciple is someone who learns from Jesus and then shares this relationship with another, to help make another disciple. Jesus is the source and summit of the discipleship process. See how it works in the Bible(John 1:36-42):
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples* heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). Then he brought him to Jesus.
John sends his disciples to Jesus, and they follow him. Those disciples find other people and lead them to Jesus, and they follow him as well. This is the missionary action of discipleship. Everything of our identity as members of the Catholic Church should be wrapped up in making disciples, for this was the command given by Jesus to these same disciples before he ascended into heaven and left us to continue his mission (Matthew 28:17):
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
Some Favorite Quotes
"He who desires holiness must first enter the thicket of the Cross."
+ St. John of the Cross
"Politics are never anything but a product of a person's religious life."
+ St. Catherine of Sienna
Holiness demands heroism,
heroism of an unusually
severe and difficult kind.
- Medieval Adage
All the science of the saints is included in these two things: to do and to suffer. And, whoever had done these two things best has made himself most saintly.
+ St. Francis de Sales