When Pope John Paul II refers to “The Initial Proclamation of Christ the Savior,” what does he mean? The initial proclamation is not the Church. It’s not the Roman Catholic flavor. This is one reason why the whole apologetics movement can displace the authentic first word to the world. Jesus did not anticipate objections and plan his speeches. He showed people who he was and what his mission was. He continues to do so today, if we let him.
Proclamation is the permanent priority of mission. The Church cannot elude Christ’s explicit mandate, nor deprive men and women of the “Good News” about their being loved and saved by God.
This is the Good News. Not the Christian or Catholic version of love and salvation. More from Pope Paul VI:
“Evangelization will always contain-as the foundation, center and at the same time the summit of its dynamism-a clear proclamation that, in Jesus Christ…salvation is offered to all people, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy.”(Evangelii Nuntiandi 27) All forms of missionary activity are directed to this proclamation, which reveals and gives access to the mystery hidden for ages and made known in Christ (cf. Eph 3:3-9; Col 1:25-29), the mystery which lies at the heart of the Church’s mission and life, as the hinge on which all evangelization turns.
This is why the initial proclamation of Jesus Christ, of introducing people to him, is so vital. Jesus operates in grace, not intellectual persuasion.
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