Why is Jesus Christ’s invitation important to us as Catholic’s?
Redemptoris Missio, 5c St. Pope John Paul II
“In the Gospel of St. John, this salvific universality of Christ embraces all the aspects of his mission of grace, truth and revelation: the Word is “the true light that enlightens every man” (Jn 1:9). And again, “no one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (Jn 1:18; cf. Mt 11:27). God’s revelation becomes definitive and complete through his only-begotten Son: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom he also created the world” (Heb 1:1-2; cf. Jn 14:6). In this definitive Word of his revelation, God has made himself known in the fullest possible way. He has revealed to mankind who he is. This definitive self-revelation of God is the fundamental reason why the Church is missionary by her very nature. She cannot do other than proclaim the Gospel, that is, the fullness of the truth which God has enabled us to know about himself.
Christ is the one mediator between God and mankind:”
Reflection questions we will discuss
1. What are three ways this quote describes who Jesus Christ is for us?
2. If Catholic’s began to respond to Jesus’ invitation how do you think it would benefit their lives and the life of the Church?
Evangelii Nuntiandi, 13 St. Pope Paul VI
Apostolic Letter on the theme of Catholic Evangelization
“Those who sincerely accept the Good News, through the power of this acceptance and of shared faith therefore gather together in Jesus’ name in order to seek together the kingdom, build it up and live it. They make up a community which is in its turn evangelizing.”
Group Discussion question
With regards to our journey together this year with Discipleship and Evangelization, how does this quote relate to what we are working to accomplish?
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