“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19 – 20
The words of our Lord are crucial for understanding the missionary task of the Church.they contain the very important phrase “all nations” which is often referred to in the Greek form panta ta ethne (panta – all, ta – the, ethne – nations). The word “ethnic” comes from the Greek word ethnos (singular of ethne). We can be inclined then to take panta ta ethne as a reference to “all the ethnic groups.” That means we can go and disciple all the ethnic groups.