"Those who study the teaching of Jesus and want to be his disciples receive baptism. All those who are baptized are missioners. All believers can do it and must be missioners. However, the majority feels that all that is necessary is to attend Mass and become a member of a parish religious group."
priest, a professor of missiology interviewed by the Catholic Times,
summed up his views on missionary work with the above words. To be a
missioner, he added, is to speak like Jesus, to act like Jesus, and to
live like Jesus. A missioner is one who wants to imitate Jesus. Most
Christians, he said, see this work as belonging to others who have made a
life commitment to do it. Although they have a vague idea that as
Christians they are called to this life, they find it a great burden,
which he feels results in many fallen-away Catholics. That the
catechumenate does not make this an important element in its teaching,
he said, is another crucial factor why evangelization is not properly
Another reason, he noted, is that many who become
Catholic do it as an expediency, a convenience, merely as a change in their way of thinking. They have little interest in the
Scriptures and the teachings of the Church. They do not see the
importance of the faith-life and lack confidence in the teachings, so the missionary aspects of their call as disciples is
bound to be missing. The first thing that is necessary, he said, is to believe with a firm faith.
fully understand what is
meant by evangelizing, he explained, it's necessary to change how we
think about missionary work. To evangelize one-on-one or to go to the
proclaim Jesus is okay, but what is most important in the evangelizing
process is not the word but the life of the evangelist. When we live
the Christ life we are evangelizing. In
our daily lives when we relate with our neighbors in harmony with them,
concerned not with my 'I' but with the "I" of each of them, then my love
will express His love--that would be true
The logic of our faith-life will change the logic that controls the structures of society, he said, so we
will then search for those who are at the margins of society and begin to do
something about it.
Though it's difficult to
convey the meaning of belief to those who do not believe, their being no
special way that this can be done, we can be there for those who most need our help.Evangelization is going out to everybody with
love and living this daily. Briefly, the essence of
evangelization is to live what we believe.