It is my privilege to delve into the intricate tapestry that interweaves the feast of Pentecost with the profound theology of the Catholic Mass, focusing particularly on the etymological implications of the word Mass itself, "Missa," meaning "to be sent."
The feast of Pentecost, commonly known as the birthday of the Church, is an exceptional event marking the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. This powerful moment in history set the stage for the Apostles to become ardent evangelizers, to "be sent" into the world, embodying the true spirit of "Missa."
Much like this biblical event, each Catholic Mass can be seen as a Pentecost in itself. The faithful gather to experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist, and then, similar to the Apostles, they are dismissed, they are "sent," they are Missa, out into the world to spread the Good News.
The call to evangelize is not a task for a select few but a universal calling for all Christians and Catholics alike. The secularization of our societies only adds to the urgency of this divine mission. The world is in desperate need of conversion and, in response, we are tasked with the grand mission of evangelizing.
Germany, with its deeply secular culture, is a fertile ground for this evangelizing mission. This is the premise upon which Kephas TV was founded. Born in this land of spiritual thirst, Kephas TV has taken up the mantle to "be sent," to be a beacon of the Christian faith in an increasingly secular world.
Our beloved United States, too, is not far behind in this secular drift, making the work of evangelization ever more critical. As we navigate these challenging times, we must remember the words from the Book of Acts (1:8): "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Let us then embrace the spirit of Pentecost and the heart of the Mass, recognizing our call to "be sent," to bring Christ's light into our world.