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Pope Francis reminds us in

Evangelii Gaudium

that “the primary

reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus, which we have received, the

experience of salvation, which urges us to even greater love of him.”


The proclamation (


) of the life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus

Christ and of the Kingdom of God is at the core of evangelization.



in Christ brings salvation because in him our lives become radically open

to a love that precedes us, a love that transforms us from within, acting in

us and through us.”


This love that comes from the risen Christ cannot

be confined within the believer or the community of faith, the Church.

“Faith becomes operative in the Christian on the basis of the gift received,

the love which attracts our hearts to Christ (cf. Gal 5:6), and enables us to

become part of the Church’s great pilgrimage through history until the end

of the world. For those who have been transformed in this way, a new way

of seeing opens up, faith becomes light for their eyes.”


All the baptized

are part of the Church’s mission of evangelization.

“To evangelize, one bears witness to God’s Revelation in Jesus

through the Holy Spirit by living a life imbued with Christian virtues, by

proclaiming unceasingly that salvation is offered to all people through the

Paschal Mystery of Christ, and by preaching hope in God’s love for us.”


Who Is Called to Evangelize?

All who are baptized are called to evangelize because “when the

Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she

is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment.”



evangelizing efforts of the baptized are not simply focused on those who

have not heard of Christ. They are also directed toward our brothers and

sisters who no longer join us around the Lord’s table. Furthermore, the

baptized disciple of Christ is also continually evangelized through ongo-

ing renewal of faith and living out that same faith. This is accomplished

particularly through regular and frequent participation in the sacraments,

especially the Eucharist and Penance. This sacramental life fully lived

leads the baptized disciple to share the virtues of faith, hope, and charity

as one sent by Christ into a world in need of his transforming love. The

parish community should furthermore nourish the baptized as “evangelizers

who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life

transfigured by God’s presence.”