Redemptoris Missio 43: Witnesses As Part Of A Human Family

Much to no one’s surprise, Pope John Paul II touts the family of humankind, that believers and our churches are part of a larger family of humankind. Even religious estrangement does not break the ties of our species in the eyes of the Trinity:

Christians and Christian communities are very much a part of the life of their respective nations and can be a sign of the Gospel in their fidelity to their native land, people and national culture, while always preserving the freedom brought by Christ. Christianity is open to universal brotherhood, for all men and women are sons and daughters of the same Father and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let’s talk about a current issue after reading this:

The Church is called to bear witness to Christ by taking courageous and prophetic stands in the face of the corruption of political or economic power; by not seeking her own glory and material wealth; by using her resources to serve the poorest of the poor and by imitating Christ’s own simplicity of life. The Church and her missionaries must also bear the witness of humility, above all with regard to themselves-a humility which allows them to make a personal and communal examination of conscience in order to correct in their behavior whatever is contrary to the Gospel and disfigures the face of Christ.

We are not wrong to protest when churches are burned or defaced. But do Christians get as hepped up when non-Christians are attacked or their religious houses are targets of violence and ill will?

Another apt point is the posture of Christians when confronted with their own poor witness. Are we prepare to make prompt concessions, true apologies, and amends?

This document is available online here and is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana


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