EG 113: Called To Be A Community

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis lays some important groundwork in Evangelii Gaudium 113. The first principle of being an evangelizing people geared to the mission of Christ is to first recognize that we are indeed a people, not individual persons, and that sense of community is integral and essential for the Gospel:

113. The salvation which God has wrought, and the Church joyfully proclaims, is for everyone.[Cf. Propositio 6; Gaudium et Spes 22]God has found a way to unite himself to every human being in every age. He has chosen to call them together as a people and not as isolated individuals.[Cf. Lumen Gentium  9] No one is saved by himself or herself, individually, or by his or her own efforts. God attracts us by taking into account the complex interweaving of personal relationships entailed in the life of a human community. This people which God has chosen and called is the Church. Jesus did not tell the apostles to form an exclusive and elite group. He said: “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). Saint Paul tells us in the people of God, in the Church, “there is neither Jew or Greek… for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). To those who feel far from God and the Church, to all those who are fearful or indifferent, I would like to say this: the Lord, with great respect and love, is also calling you to be a part of his people!

The lost sons and daughters of the world–these people remain part of the Body, however deep the estrangement has grown. The call of God in their lives remains a reality. And those of us who pride ourselves on being faithfully settled in the household do well to remember this well, and make it part of our consideration.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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