Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention
for the Month of October 2021
Evangelization – Missionary Disciples
We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.
Evangelization often gets a bad rap.
It’s the song by our favorite musician that we always skip. It’s the call we let go to voicemail.
It’s the kiosk in the store we have to walk by. We don’t want to be rude, but we also are just so not interested.
By ‘bad rap’, I mean the caricature of what evangelization entails that makes almost all of us cringe:
-approaching strangers …
-peppering them with questions …
-positing rehearsed logical proofs …
-pushing tracts into their hands …
-inviting them to come with us …
and making that hard sell to share the good news of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We imagine the awkward places where this conversation could occur (hockey game concession line, adjoining bathroom stall chat, DMV waiting room), and we think “Nope, that ain’t for me.”
I can’t blame you.
Some encouraging news: that’s not evangelization.
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At work, with your family, with your friends, when you meet someone by chance… Any moment is suitable for being a missionary disciple. “If Christ moves you, if you do things because Christ is guiding you,” your testimony of life will make others ask, “What is the source of the love with which this person treats everyone—the kindness and good humor?” In this way, far from any form of proselytism, we can all be available for the mission, which is based, as Francis says, on an encounter between people, on the testimony of life of men and women. “Jesus asks us all, and you as well, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?