Pause for thought:
Which of the Gospels have you most recently read?
Jesus commissioned his disciples to get busy spreading his message throughout
the world. (See Matthew 29: 19 - 20). The Holy Spirit empowered them to
do this work.
Two thousand years on, you, your parish, school, community and /or group,
are called to engage in this same privileged and exciting work. As an agency,
CASE is here to help and equip you to do exactly that
"I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom
of God" Luke 4:43
For the origins of Catholic evangelisation we look to the person of Jesus
Christ. Jesus spent much of his public ministry walking from town to town
preaching the Good News. In Luke's Gospel, chapter four, he says simply,
"That is what I was sent to do."
For Jesus evangelisation involved:
- A proclamation of the kingdom
of God. He proclaims the coming of God's
in The Beatitudes. (Matthew, chapter 5)
- A proclamation of liberating salvation. Jesus was a man with a message
of liberation. Through him we can be freed from all that oppresses us.
- The offering of something for everyone. The kingdom is open to everyone
but requires effort on our part; not least an interior conversion of heart.
- Tireless Preaching. He tirelessly proclaimed his message.
- Using signs. Miracles were common place in the evangelistic activity
- Communities. Those who accept the Good News gather together and reach
others through their witnessing.
- Being true to one's vocation. Jesus existed and the Church exists to
evangelise. That's where our true identity is found.
- The Church. The Church can not be separated from evangelisation. Through
it, Jesus' mission continues. The Church preserves the Gospel message
and the truth of it and sends out evangelisers throughout all the earth.