Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are ‘disciples’ and ‘missionaries’, but rather that we are always ‘missionary disciples.’

If we are not convinced, let us look at those first disciples, who immediately after encountering the gaze of Jesus, went forth to proclaim him joyfully: “we have found the Messiah!”

The Samaritan woman became a missionary immediately after speaking with Jesus and many Samaritans came to believe in him ”because of the woman’s testimony.” So too, Saint Paul after his encounter with Jesus Christ, “immediately proclaimed Jesus.”

So, what are we waiting for?