This, after all, is the job description of anyone who puts on Christ. Indeed, the evangelical imperative was a theme so recurrent at Vatican II that an inventory of its appearance reveals more than showings. And, to be sure, no architect of the Council felt its convicting force more so than the future John Paul II, who returned again and again to the necessity of giving it expression.
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Thus to evangelize is not just a task undertaken from time to time; or even most of the time. Faith is only worth having when you give it away. How tireless he has been in sounding this tocsin! For all the hardships and hassles faced by Paul, the Pope tells us, he just kept on going. Study this and you have the truth, the truth. The truth does not enter into an encyclopedia.
The truth is an encounter—it is a meeting with Supreme Truth: Jesus, the great truth. However filled with persecution his life became, none of it could dent or diminish that fierce and undaunted spirit. Yes, the man was a bit of a nuisance. And, yes, he certainly had plenty of attitude. The truth: forward!
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The proclamation of Jesus Christ: forward. And even when it made people think the man was mad—dotty as a doyen of Loonyville—it could not have been an unhealthy thing. Call it an insanity altogether sane and salutary.
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Leaving others to the same fate as well, which equals a failure not only of heroism, but of love. Among the poor and the needy, that is, for whom Jesus shed his blood. Not overly fastidious.
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Like Pilate, in other words, who repeatedly washes his hands lest the evidence of truth leave some ineffaceable stain. Similarly, our first responsibility as Christians is to open our own hearts to Christ each day, allowing Him to change us and work through us.
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