An Invitation (¶128-132)
One of the earliest stories of Jesus finds him walking along
the shore; he sees two people, and then two others, all of them working
as fishermen. "Come after me," he says. And, once they followed the
Christ, their lives became part of the story of salvation.58
We offer the Catholics of the United States the same
invitation as Jesus: Come and follow! Come, hear the Lord calling each
one of us; come, follow the Teacher who makes us his disciples. Come, be
part of the story of salvation.
Our invitation asks every believer to discover ways that he
or she can realize this plan in every way appropriate—personally, in the
family, in the neighborhood and parish, or as part of a larger
Make the goals of this plan real. Discover how the Spirit is
leading you to evangelize. Search out how it can reshape our parishes
and our institutions. To do this takes questioning and searching,
discovery and decision. But, most of all, it takes faith. Pray that
God's Holy Spirit will give Catholics in this nation the kind of faith
needed to begin evangelizing seriously.
We invite you: Make this plan your plan.
- Mark 1:14-20