1 Corinthians 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, it is no glory to me, for a necessity lieth upon me: for woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel.
As I mentioned in a previous post, for several years now I have been supporting the mission priests through the Society of the Propagation of the Faith by sending them stipends for Mass intentions on a regular basis. What attracted me to this was knowing that the mission priests need these stipends to purchase their bread and wine for saying Mass, and that I could have Masses said for people without going on a wait list. Even after paying the American exchange rate, I could have many more Masses said for souls (and sooner) than I could if I submitted them to my parish priests in Canada.
What I didn't realize though, was that through my contributions, I was also fulfilling my obligation to preach the gospel as quoted above in 1 Corinthians 9:16. In his papal message of May 2008, Pope Benedict XVI quoted this passage from Corinthians, noting that mission is a duty to which we must respond. Funny, but I didn't even realize that I was heeding the call.