Jesus invites us to think about what it means to "Be Church." In the Gospel of Matthew, we are commissioned to "go and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." We fulfill this mission by not only proclaiming that we are One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, but we must also BE One, BE Holy, BE Catholic, and BE Apostolic. These are four marks of the Church as we proclaim it in the Creed each week.
To become One with God who is a communion between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One with Christ as our Head and we as the Body. The diversity and multiplicity of peoples and cultures gives us a unique opportunity to bring our different gifts, offices, and conditions, and ways of life to be One.
We recognize ourselves as sinners striving to be saints. To be made Holy, setting our lives apart for the mission of Jesus, to bring ourselves and others to heaven with Jesus, the sinless one made up of sinners (us), who rely on His mercy and love.
COMMISSIONED BY JESUS, BE CHURCH does not remain enclosed. But rather, we are called to be universal or Catholic in nature. Christ is present in the Church, and we are sent out by Him on a mission to the whole of the human race.
And so relying on the foundation of the apostles, we are sent out to be Apostolic.
So let us be bold in our words and action: COMMISSIONED BY JESUS, BE CHURCH - One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic!
Nothing makes us more One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic than the celebration of the Eucharist. Let us make this the center of our week as we celebrate, remember, and participate in the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of all humanity.
We place our trust in Our Blessed Mother, all the angels and saints, especially St. Pancratius to guide our community to COMMISSIONED BY JESUS, BE CHURCH - One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.