Editor’s Corner: from one culture to another
“No one ever stays home much anymore.” We often hear this lament from people caught up in a frantic pace of work, school, organized sports programs, and other social obligations. When people lose contact with home base, friendly and family relationships start to fray at the edges. Quality time together vanishes.
People have been on the move forever. Ever since Jesus left his childhood home at Nazareth to embrace his mission of proclaiming the kingdom of God, his disciples across the centuries have never ceased journeying to different lands, teaching and witnessing their Christian faith to people of every culture. Each of these Christian disciples has responded to the living Christ just as Paul the Apostle once did when he carried the gospel of God to cities of the Roman Empire far from the hills of Galilee and the streets of Jerusalem.
In this issue, we introduce you to a few ordinary Catholics who chose not to “stay home.” Their generous decision to go somewhere for Jesus has made an extraordinary difference for countless other people in Japan, Korea, Haiti, New York City, Peru, Honduras, Ireland and Jamaica. Though the breadth of this list is impressive, we can only touch the surface of the worldwide, intercultural experience of Catholic mission today.
Paul the Apostle wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Paul was not blind to the extraordinary differences between the groups he mentions, but he reminds them of a deeper unity through their mutual commitment to Christ. Their participation in Baptism and Eucharist creates a bond of unity, which serves as a secure foundation for every other relationship between them.
Come meet some people who were not content to “stay home”.Paul Zilonka, C.P.