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Missionary Network – The First Missionary Journey in the World

mins read | 16. junio 2023 | Bernhard Meuser

El "sí" de María cambió el mundo

Pope Francis has conferred an inspiring passage of the scripture on World Youth Day 2023: “Mary arose and went with haste” (Luke 1:39). It describes the origin of the greatest story on earth – the story of Jesus. It kicks off in the far reaches of the world, in an obscure village. Starting things off is a girl, perhaps 14 years old, who unexpectedly becomes pregnant. It is not a mishap in love, but love itself – it is God choosing someone who most likely can’t even read and write. Out of millions of possible starting points, he chooses Mary from Nazareth to set something in motion that affects everyone: You and me, the great and the small, the poor and the rich, the famous and the forgotten.

Al principio, María parece hacer lo que hacen todas las mujeres que llevan un niño en el vientre. Busca la solidaridad de otras mujeres, la alegría de su mejor amiga. Es probable que así fuera también en el caso de María. Pero tal vez en el largo camino por las colinas de Galilea, paso a paso, algo de lo intangible, de lo divino, se le fue apareciendo, dando a su vida un giro completamente distinto. Le sucedió algo que va más allá de todo pensamiento humano. ¿Dios en mi vientre? Sí, hay que decirlo sin rodeos.

Más tarde se dirá: María emprendió el primer viaje misionero del mundo. Porque, ¿qué es la misión si se deja de lado todo lo que no es importante? La misión es compartir a Jesús con una o varias personas. Ser portadora de Jesús. La Iglesia no siempre ha entendido esto con suficiente claridad. A veces se pensaba que la misión era llevar la civilización a la gente. O educación. O cultura. O buenos modales. Pero la Iglesia no es una ONG. Sólo tiene a Jesús en su agenda. Y con él todo.

El primer viaje misionero del mundo

In Germany, there is a beautiful old Christmas carol that people sing during Advent: “Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging” (“Mary walks amid the thorns”). This is made up, of course. No one knows if Mary really had to go through thorn bushes as she made her way through the hill country of Judea. But the image it wants to convey is that Mary certainly had to contend with other thorny things: bullying, mistrust, malicious gossip. And dare I say: this happens to everyone who is a missionary disciple, a bearer of Jesus, today. People will point fingers at you, think you’re a religious nut or a sanctimonious person. You will go through thorns, but you will know what you have had in you since your baptism and confirmation – the same as Mary: the LORD is in you. In the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul poses the test question to the new Christians in one of the hottest metropolises of the world at that time: “Do you not experience in yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Cor. 13:5) Have you ever experienced that Jesus dwells in you, that he has, in a sense, made himself at home in you? That he has room in your life, your plans, your goals, your capacity to love. Is he already part of your identity? You are with him? How much depth opens up in your soul!

¿Y su misión?

In the Missionary Network you will meet people who – just like you – have been touched by Jesus. Just like you, they want to go out into the world and share their experience. They want to attracted people for Jesus. As YOUCAT Foundation we would like to support you in this.

YOUCAT is the best-known youth brand of the Catholic Church. The name stands for a young missionary awakening of the Church – an awakening that begins with putting Jesus in the center and discovering catechesis in a whole new way. It is clear that those who don’t know the faith cannot transmit it; those who do not understand the Church cannot love her.

In many countries, the work with YOUCAT, DOCAT, YOUCAT for Kids (and many other materials) has borne fascinating fruit. Committed priests, charismatic leaders and enthusiastic young people have started a learning movement of faith, which we will now connect worldwide in the Missionary Network.

  • Subscribe to our missionary newsletter and become part of the network.
  • Meet friends, catechists, missionaries, leaders from all over the world!
  • You can communicate directly with us; we look forward to your experiences, your tools, your ideas. For example, you can contribute to a blog or Instagram.
  • You will regularly receive valuable impulses for your work (theological, practical, pedagogical).
  • We invite you to international calls and conferences.
  • We internationalize your best ideas and projects and share them with the whole world.
  • You get a unique empowerment for the transmission of faith. We encourage you. We motivate you.