When you hear the word evangelization what comes to mind? For me it’s Billy Graham or someone who had fallen on hard times and ended up being ‘saved’ and now wants everyone to hear his/her story. To me it was someone who was preaching (I thought of preaching in a negative sense) about what I should believe and why I should believe in it. I associated it with those I thought were Born Again Christians. Now I am learning so much more.
The definition of evangelization according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is; to preach the gospel and to convert to Christianity. Pope Paul VI wrote the Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World). It says that to evangelize means to bring the Good News of Jesus into every situation and to convert individuals through the divine power of the Gospel.
Did you know you can be or may already be an evangelist? For me preaching what I believe to others is very difficult. I don’t like the idea of trying to get you to change your beliefs. I have found through blogging that I enjoy sharing what I am learning with others but I hope that it does not ever sound like I am telling people what I think they should or should not do. So I never thought of myself as an evangelist.
Guess what! I am an evangelist. I try to share the Good News of Jesus in the way I live, act, and how I treat others. I am an evangelist for my children. I don’t have to be out on the streets talking to everyone I meet. It can start at home and spread from there.
That is why I am currently taking a Catholic class. I want more knowledge. We need more knowledge. The more knowledge we have the better. I just wish more Catholic churches would offer continuing education for the adults of the parish. Our learning shouldn’t end after we are confirmed. It should continue. We should always be learning about our faith.
So I wish that after reading this when you hear the word evangelization it may bring on a positive feeling. I hope we all strive to be the evangelists God always wanted us to be.
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