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and protect the good of others.”


The community of faith, the parish, does

not remain focused on itself, but instead sends disciples out on mission.

4. Send

Evangelization leads disciples to accept God’s desire to send them

on mission.

St. John Paul II in

Redemptoris Missio

stated that the first form of evangeli-

zation is witness: “people today put more trust in witnesses than in teach-

ers, in experience than in teachers, in experience than in teaching, and in

life and action than in theories. The witness of a Christian life is the first

and irreplaceable form of mission: Christ, whose mission we continue, is

the ‘witness’

par excellence

(Rv 1:5; 3:14) and the model of all Christian

witness. The Holy Spirit accompanies the Church along her way and asso-

ciates her with the witness he gives to Christ (cf. Jn 15:26-27).”


As they

get to know and love the Lord, disciples experience the need to share with

others their joy by proclaiming Jesus Christ, not just with words, but also

through service to those most in need. This is what it means to build the

Kingdom of God and to be a missionary disciple. “Mission is inseparable

from discipleship, and hence it must not be understood as a stage subse-

quent to formation, although it is carried out in different ways, depending

on one’s own vocation and on the moment in human and Christian matu-

ration at which the person stands.”


Pope Francis asks us: “Where does Jesus send us? There are no bor-

ders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, not

just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more recep-

tive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and to

bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those

who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants

everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love.”


We become missionary disciples when we take our encounter with

Jesus Christ out into the world. Pope Francis uses the term

missionary disci-


often and provides a clear vision of the term in

Evangelii Gaudium


He reminds us that all the baptized are called to be missionary disciples

and that effective evangelization does not always require formal education

or lengthy training.