For the rest of this week we’ll address “The Delightful and Comforting Joy of Evangelizing,” which covers numbered sections 9 through 13 of Evangelii Gaudium.
9. Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good. In this sense, several sayings of Saint Paul will not surprise us: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16).
The essence of this is optimism. I think we need it. God’s grace operates through all of this, whether we explicitly acknowledge it at every turn or not. The cooperation with grace is the urgency cited here.