They Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays and Saturdays. Here we have attached each Mystery to a Missio story or project to anchor your meditation.
‘And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done according to your word.”’ Luke 1: 26-38
Fr Michael is a Mill Hill Missionary who is currently serving communities in east Malaysia. He was previously in Cameroon.
Born into a Catholic family in a small village in India, Fr Michael knew he wanted to be a Priest from an early age. But that doesn’t mean his journey has been an easy one. He shares:
‘I was appointed to Cameroon where I served for two years. It was a challenging mission experience for me as a newly ordained Missionary Priest. And because of political crises and civil war in Cameroon, I had some bitter experiences. Sadly, the civil war in the country eventually meant I was asked to withdraw from Cameroon and go back to my home country India. I received my new appointment from the General Council to Malaysia, specifically to the Diocese of Sibu in Sarawak State. To be honest, my biggest challenge initially was to learn the local language (Iban), and to travel in a longboat to the long houses because I don’t know how to swim! but I really consider myself a very lucky priest to be sent here to live among these loving people. I find myself welcomed everywhere and every house I visit, I feel like one of their family members.
Fr Michael trusts in God to send him where he is needed. No matter how challenging things get, he is prepared to serve and to trust in God, answering the call to Mission as Mary, the first Missionary, did so long ago.
As we ponder the mystery of the Annuncuation, we pray for all those answering God’s call, being open to the Word.