What is Mission?

It's a funny thing, but I find I have to explain this word.  What is Mission?  What do I mean when I use it?  The quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer says it best for me, “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others...not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.” 

Sometimes, stories and pictures tell it better.  Many of you know the story I have told about the small church in Kansas that had dwindled down to a precious few, only to be revitalized by discovering a nearby elementary school needed grandparents to read to the school children.

Here is an example nearby.  The Family Supper Table started last year by some people at St. Andrew Church.  Yes, it's my former parish, but this all started after I left, so all the credit goes to them.  Check out this video that tells the story of mission aka faith in action: