Aparecida 348: Christian Evangelical Mission

The first topic of chapter seven is “Living and  Communicating the New Life in Christ to our Peoples.”

348. The great novelty that the Church proclaims to the world is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, Word and Life, came to the world to make us “sharers in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), to share with us his divine life. It is the trinitarian life of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, eternal life. His mission is to manifest the Father’s immense love, that he wants us to be his children. The proclamation of the kerygma is an invitation to become aware of this life-giving love of God who offers himself to us in Christ died and risen. This is the first thing that we must proclaim and also hear, because grace has an absolute primacy in Christian life and in all the Church’s evangelizing activity: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor 15:10).


This is a basic Christian tenet: Jesus reveals the Father, desires to gather people into a life of love and mission. The disciples of the Church preach this news; others hear and continue the project of universal evangelization.

Remember to reference an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference here.


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