Pastoral Letter
Year of Evangelization
EV Concept
Why evangelize?
 

 

 

  Concept of Evangelization
 

At baptism, we accepted the invitation from Christ and received the mission of evangelization. In the letter to the Corinthians, St Paul wrote: "If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!"  (1 Cor 9 :16) We see how important Paul perceived his call and how he dedicated himself to spread the good news to all nations.

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been actively promoting the role of the laity in the salvation history. Lay people are encouraged to collaborate with the clergy to manage and continue the succession of the church built by Jesus Christ.

In one of the apostolic exhortation, Christifideles Laici (December 30, 1988)  on the vocation and the mission of the lay faithful in the church and in the world, Pope John Paul II encouraged us to take an active role in church affairs.

Pope Pius XII once described lay people were the people standing in the frontline of the church life.  The church was the source of motivation of the human society.  Lay people belonged to the church and were the church.  As in the image of vineyard, lay people and other members of the church were the branches of the true grapes of Christ.  Through Him we got the life and bear abundant fruit.

Based from the above information, we can see the definite role of lay people in the church organization.  After baptized, do we have the feeling that belonging to the church is a blessing?  Do we have the urge and need to share this joy with others?  Frankly speaking, we look the same like, superficially , however, our heart and value are tremendously different from those without faith.  We firmly believe that our self-value comes from God and He is our ultimate goal.  Moreover, we have the mission to evangelize.  In our everyday life, we should share the joy from God with our family and friends.  May this joy continue persist..

We must learn to evangelize at the right opportunity in everyday life.  For example: joining a lay association is one of the good ways; participating parish or diocesan activities can elevate our concept of evangelization.  Attending liturgy and receiving sacraments, reading bible and religious articles are a must.  If you can manage the above ways, it won’ be difficult for you to find evangelization opportunities.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, are you willing to try?