Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Bringing the Good News

For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence, transforming humanity from within and making it new: “Now I am making the whole creation new.” But there is no new humanity if there is not, first of all, new people renewed by Baptism and by lives lived according to the Gospel. The purpose of evangelization is therefore precisely this interior change, and if it had to be expressed in one sentence, the best way of stating it would be to say that the Church evangelizes when she seeks to convert, solely through the divine power of the message she proclaims, both the personal and collective consciences of people, the activities in which they engage, and the lives and concrete milieu which are theirs.

In the dynamism of evangelization, a person who accepts the Church as the Word that saves, normally translates it into the following sacramental acts: adherence to the Church, and acceptance of the sacraments, which manifest and support this adherence through the grace which they confer.

(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI, No 18 and No 23, December 8, 1975.)