Missionary's assignment

@jules67 (2790)
Philippines
July 12, 2009 10:33am CST
In the Mass today, I was intently listening to the Homily of an African Missionary priest. He said that while he was in the plane on his way home to the Philippines from Africa, a Fil-Am woman sitting beside him asked what his work was. He said, he was a missionary. The lady asked him, why doesn't he serve his countrymen. There are so many poor people in the Philppines. The priest said that, being a missionary, his first assignment was to go to Africa and serve the people there. And being a missionary does not limit his geographical assignment only to his homeland. I think and I believe he was right. Helping others has no limitations. You can do that on your own volition where ever you may be. In the same way that you do not have to be a missionary to help other people.
3 responses
@yugasini (12838)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jul 09
hi jules, you are correct you need not a missionary to help other people, have a good day good thoughts
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
Thanks for responding. Whatever your social status is, giving and helping others is a voluntary act.
@yugasini (12838)
• Anantapur, India
14 Jul 09
hi jules, thanks for the comment, good day
@mobhomeir (7562)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
Yes you're right. You can help even voluntarily by not being a missionary or a priest to serve the people anywhere else...
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
Thanks for your response. Like what I have said to my previous posts, helping others is a voluntary act. Your standing in the society is not a determinant if you will share or not.
@phildozer (284)
• United States
12 Jul 09
True, however I think that it could be beneficial to work within the confines of where that priest grew up, because that priest probably knows the language and culture of the philippines much better, as well as connecting better with the people because they share a national heritage, and he would understand their situation better than he would understand or be able to connect with a person from Africa. But, it is that kind of attitude that makes you put your faith in the spirit of giving and kindness across the world
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
12 Jul 09
Well you are right. I believe it was his first assignment being a Missionary for African Society. But every time he comes home to the Philippines, he serves and help the Filipino people.