One of the shortest chapters (GMD 128-132) offers believers an invitation. Let’s examine it briefly. Click on the link if you’d like more detail. But it has a nice argument to it.
GMD 128 recounts Jesus calling the fishermen (Mark 1:14-20) and section 129 extrends this invitation to those who would be his followers today:
Come and follow! Come, hear the Lord calling each one of us; come, follow the Teacher who makes us his disciples. Come, be part of the story of salvation.
Not ever Catholic can do everything, or even anything as heroic and saintly as becoming an apostle. But we can serve in “every way appropriate,” (GMD 130) including ourselves, our families, our faith communities, and among our neighbors, friends, and associates.
A pep talk:
Make the goals of this plan real. Discover how the Spirit is leading you to evangelize. Search out how it can reshape our parishes and our institutions. To do this takes questioning and searching, discovery and decision. But, most of all, it takes faith. Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will give Catholics in this nation the kind of faith needed to begin evangelizing seriously.
It also takes leadership. Leadership by inspiration and leadership by example. That’s one aspect that I think has been missing the past two decades.
The bishops urge us to “Make this plan your plan.” (GMD 132)
What do you think? How have we made evangelization our own?