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3. Community

Evangelization invites people to the Body of Christ, which is the

Catholic Church.

The Church is a community brought together by the work of the

Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, transforms our hearts

and enables us to enter into the perfect communion of the blessed

Trinity, where all things find their unity. He builds up the communion

and harmony of the people of God. The same Spirit is that harmony,

just as he is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. It is he

who brings forth a rich variety of gifts, while at the same time creat-

ing a unity which is never uniformity but a multifaceted and inviting

harmony. Evangelization joyfully acknowledges these varied treasures

which the Holy Spirit pours out upon the Church.


The liturgical life of the Church (Baptism, first Holy Communion,

Matrimony, Sunday Mass, indeed all the sacraments and other liturgical

celebrations) is a natural source of accompaniment and comfort for the

Christian faithful, which also builds community. When the liturgy of a

parish is celebrated well, the faith of the members of the community is

strengthened. It is also a door to evangelization. The community of faith

is a place of invitation, welcome, and hospitality, especially for those who

are inquiring or returning.


The Church’s liturgy, by its very nature as a

proclamation and enactment of the Good News of salvation, is an evan-

gelical act: “The Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the

beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangeliza-

tion and the source of her renewed self-giving.”


Fellowship and solidarity with one another in the community of faith

is also a reflection of the Trinity. “The very mystery of the Trinity reminds

us that we have been created in the image of that divine communion, and

so we cannot achieve fulfillment or salvation purely by our own efforts.

Accepting the first proclamation, which invites us to receive God’s love

and to love him in return with the very love which is his gift, brings forth

in our lives and actions a primary and fundamental response: to desire, seek