Sunday, October 4, 2020

The whole Church is missionary

If there are people who proclaim in the world the Gospel of salvation, they do so by command, in the name of and with the grace of Christ the Saviour. “They will never have a preacher unless one is sent,” wrote he who was without doubt one of the greatest evangelizers. No one can do it without having been sent.

But who then has the mission of evangelizing?

The Second Vatican Council gave a clear reply to this question: it is upon the Church that “there rests, by divine mandate, the duty of going out into the whole world and preaching the Gospel to every creature”. And in another text: “ … the whole Church is missionary, and the work of evangelization is a basic duty of the People of God”.

The Council repeats the following expression of St. Augustine on the missionary activity of the Twelve: “They preached the word of truth and brought forth Churches.”

(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI, No 59, December 8, 1975.)