That is our call by Baptism. At the end of Matthew's Gospel, as Jesus was
leaving earth, He told his disciples and us:
All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have
commanded you. And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age.
Each of us is called to become a disciple of Jesus through the Church.
We become disciples through following and trusting in Jesus, obeying His
commandments. We make disciples by sharing and witnessing to our relationship
with God. Becoming a disciple and making disciples is a life-long process.
Consider what Jesus said:
I give you a new commandment, love one another. As I have loved you, so you
also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Our love for God, ourselves and each other gives witness to God and invites
others to join our Church as brothers and sisters in Christ.
WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS ABOUT EVANGELIZING
The Second Vatican Council and recent Popes have all affirmed that the Catholic
Church's primary mission is to evangelize.
All disciples of Christ are obliged to spread the faith to the best of their ability.
(The Decree on the Church,Vatican II, #17)
Let everyone be aware that the primary and most important contribution they can
make to the spread of the faith is to lead a profound Christian life."
(Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity, Vatican II, #36)
For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all strata of
humanity, and through its influence, transforming humanity from within and
making it new."
(Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI, 1975)
EVERY CATHOLIC IS AN EVANGELIZER!
TRANSFORM SOCIETY BY THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
There are a number of ways that you can learn more about acting as a way to transform
society according to the Gospel. Here are just a few.
Make sure to visitwww.goingforth.org for more information and resources:
Archdiocese of Chicago
Office for Peace and Justice
Campaign for Human Development
Catholic Relief Services
Social Justice Advocacy
Office for Racial Justice
Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
Mercy Hospital - Volunteer
Resources for Parents
Handing on the Faith
Feasts and Seasons
Family and Media
Catholic Conference of Illinois
Your Family and Cyberspace
Family Guide for Using Media
Pauline Books and Media
Renewing the Mind of the Media Movie
The Jesus Film
Catholic Arts and Culture
Catholic Information Network
Archdiocese on the Radio
Catholic On the Air
Ave Maria Catholic Radio
Peace and Justice
The Busy Christian's Guide to Catholic Social Teaching