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Mission & Justice in Evangelii Gaudium

Overview of some key points using quotes from the Exhortation
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Sandie Cornish

on 8 December 2013

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Mission & Justice in Evangelii Gaudium
The Joy of the Gospel
"Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves for the good of others." (n 39)

"Accepting the first proclamation, which invites us to receive God's love and to love him in return with the very love that is his gift, brings forth in our lives and actions a primary and fundamental response: to desire, seek, and protect the good of others." (n 178)
Evangelization is Multidimensional
We Are All Called to Evangelize
"The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized." (n 120)
The Social Dimension Evangelization
"To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world." (n 176)

"... at the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others." (n 177)

"... the service of charity is also a constituent element of the Church's mission and an indispensible expression of her very being." (n 179)
Universal Destination
"Go, make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28: 19-20)

"The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded." (n 23)

"Jesus did not tell the apostles to form an exclusive and elite group." (n 113)
Inculturation
"We would not do justice to the logic of the incarnation is we thought of Christianity as monocultural and monotonous." (n 117)

"In the diversity of peoples who experience the gift of God, each in accordance with its own culture, the Church expresses her genuine catholicity and shows forth the beauty of her varied face." (n 116)
Local Church has the Primary Role
The local Church "is the primary subject of evangelization, since it is the concrete manifestation of the one Church in one specific place ... it is the Church incarnate in a certain place eguipped with all the means of salvation bestowed by Christ, but with local features." (n 30)
Charisms are Part of the Whole
"[Charisms] are not an inheritance , safely secured and entrusted to a small group for safekeeping, rather they are gifts of the Spirit integrated into the body of the Church, drawn to the centre which is Christ and then chanelled into an evangelizing impulse." (n 130)
The Good News "... encompasses all dimensions of existence, all individuals, all areas of community life, and all peoples. Nothing human can be alien to it." (n 181)

"The Gospel has an intrinsic principle of totality: it will always remain good news until it has been proclaimed to all people, until it has healed and strengthened every aspect of humanity, until it has brought all men an women together at table in God 's kingdom." (n 237)
How would you describe the different dimensions of the mission of evangelization?

How do you take part in this mission?
Salvation is Communal
"The very mystery of the Trinity reminds us that we have been created in the image of that divine communion, so we cannot achieve fulfillment or salvation purely by our own efforts." (n 178)

"God in Christ redeems not only the individual person, but also the social relations existing between people." (n 178)

"... our sisters and brothers are the prolongation of the incarnation for each of us ... The way we treat others has a transcendent dimension." (n 179)

"An authentic faith - which is never comfortable or completely personal - always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it." (n 183)
Scripture
"Reading the Scriptures also makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God... The Gospel is about the kingdom of God; it is about loving God who reigns in our world." (n 180)

"This inseparable bond between our acceptance of the message of salvation and genuine fraternal love appears in several scriptural texts which we would do well to mediate on in order to appreciate all their consequences." (n 179)
Which passages of Scripture speak to you about the social dimension of faith?

What are the consequences of the passages noted at Mt 25:40 Mt 7:2 Lk 6:36-38?
Inclusion of the Poor in Society
"Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society's most neglected members." (n 186)

"Each individual Christian and every Christian community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society." (n 187)

"We may not always be able to reflect adequately the beauty of the Gospel, but there is one sign which we should never lack: the option for those who are least, those whom society discards." (n 195)
Personal & Structural
"Nor should our loving response to God be seen simply as an accumulation of small personal gestures to individuals in need, a kind of 'charity a la carte', or a series of acts aimed solely at easing our conscience." (n 180)

"... it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor..." (n 188)

Solidarity
"... presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few." (n 188)

"... solidarity must be lived as the decision to restore to the poor what belongs to them." (n 189)

"No one must say that they cannot be close to the poor because their own lifestyle demands more attention to other areas. This is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even ecclesial circles." (n 201)

"I want a Church that is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us." (n 198)
Principles for Response
"One of the faults which we occasionally observe in sociopolitical activity is that spaces and power are preferred to time and processes." (n 223)
"Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced. But if we remain trapped in conflict, we loose our perspective, our horizons shrink and reality itself begins to fall apart." (n 226)
"Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out. There has to be continuous dialogue between the two, lest ideas become detached from realities." (n 231)
Time is Greater Than Space
Unity Prevails Over Conflict
Realities are More Important than Ideas
The Whole is Greater than the Part
"We need to pay attention to the global so as to avoid narrowness and banality. Yet we also need to look to the local, which keeps our feet on the ground." (n 234)

"The whole is greater than the part, but it is also greater than the sum of its parts. There is no need, then, to be overly obsessed with limited and particular questions." (n 235)
Communities, Institutions & Movements
"Other Church institutions, basic communities and small communities, movements, and forms of association are a source of enrichment for the Church, raised up by the Spirit for evangelizing different areas and sectors." (n 29)
Sandie Cornish
http://www.social-spirituality.net

Some Ways of Responding
Reflect, preach, teach on the social dimension of evangelization
ensure formation in Catholic Social Teaching for leaders in Church organizations
promote understanding of the option for the poor
hear the cry of the poor and respond concretely to their needs
consider global and local contexts
articulate principles and values for action
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