EG 181: Evangelization Concerns Everything

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneOne challenge in our relationships with seekers as well as those within the body we are urging to a greater, deeper evangelical effort, is to view the conversion to Christ as the conversion of everything.

For the individual, we do not selectively convert while we are at Mass, or in class, or just on Sundays, or just when we’re in church. A truly Christian conversion, and a truily Christian culture will have obvious and tangible effects in the world–in everything, really.

181. The kingdom, already present and growing in our midst, engages us at every level of our being and reminds us of the principle of discernment which Pope Paul VI applied to true development: it must be directed to “all (people) and the whole (person)”.[Populorum Progressio 14] We know that “evangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel and of (humankind’s) concrete life, both personal and social”.[Evangelii Nuntiandi 29] This is the principle of universality intrinsic to the Gospel, for the Father desires the salvation of every man and woman, and his saving plan consists in “gathering up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph 1:10). Our mandate is to “go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mk 16:15), for “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). Here, “the creation” refers to every aspect of human life; consequently, “the mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ has a universal destination. Its mandate of charity encompasses all dimensions of existence, all individuals, all areas of community life, and all peoples. Nothing human can be alien to it”.[Aparecida 380] True Christian hope, which seeks the eschatological kingdom, always generates history.

Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium is available online.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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