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What does the apostolate mean? Who are the apostles today?

The Greek word apostoloi means sent. It refers to the call that Jesus Christ makes to the apostles to continue with their own mission: to announce the kingdom of God throughout the world. “If we are not convinced, let us look at the first disciples, who immediately after knowing the gaze of Jesus, went out to proclaim him joyful:” We have found the Messiah! “What are we waiting for?”

Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he has found the love of God in Christ Jesus; we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but that we are always “missionary disciples”. If we are not convinced, let us look at the first disciples, who immediately after knowing the gaze of Jesus, went out to proclaim him joyful: “We have found the Messiah!” (John 1.41). The Samaritan woman, as soon as she left her dialogue with Jesus, became a missionary, and many Samaritans believed in Jesus “by the word of the woman” (John 4:39). Saint Paul, from his encounter with Jesus Christ, “immediately began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God” (Acts of the Apostles 9:20). What are we waiting for? Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 120.

We are all missionary disciples

  1. In all the baptized, from the first to the last, the sanctifying force of the Spirit acts, which impels to evangelize. The People of God is holy by this anointing that makes it infallible “in credendo”. This means that when you believe you are not wrong, even if you cannot find words to explain your faith. The Spirit guides him in truth and leads him to salvation [96]. As part of his mystery of love for humanity, God endows all the faithful with an instinct of faith – the sensus fidei – that helps them discern what really comes from God. The presence of the Spirit gives Christians a certain connaturality with divine realities and a wisdom that allows them to grasp them intuitively, even if they do not have the appropriate instruments to express them accurately.
  2. By virtue of Baptism received, each member of the People of God has become a missionary disciple (cf. Mt 28,19). Each of the baptized, whatever their role in the Church and the degree of enlightenment of their faith, is an evangelizing agent, and it would be inappropriate to think of an evangelization scheme carried out by qualified actors where the rest of the faithful people are only receptive to their actions. The new evangelization must imply a new role for each of the baptized. This conviction becomes a call addressed to each Christian, so that no one postpones his commitment to evangelization, because if one has truly had an experience of the love of God that saves him, he does not need much preparation time to go out and announce it, You cannot expect to be given many courses or lengthy instructions. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he has found the love of God in Christ Jesus; we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but that we are always “missionary disciples”. If we are not convinced, let us look at the first disciples, who immediately after knowing the gaze of Jesus, went out to proclaim him joyful: “We have found the Messiah!” (Jn 1.41). The Samaritan woman, as soon as she left her dialogue with Jesus, became a missionary, and many Samaritans believed in Jesus “by the word of the woman” (Jn 4:39). Saint Paul, from his encounter with Jesus Christ, “immediately began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). What are we waiting for?
  3. Of course we are all called to grow as evangelizers. At the same time, we seek better formation, a deepening of our love and a clearer witness to the Gospel. In that sense, we all have to let others constantly evangelize us; But that does not mean that we must postpone the evangelizing mission, but that we find a way to communicate Jesus that corresponds to the situation in which we find ourselves. In any case, we are all called to offer to others the explicit testimony of the saving love of the Lord, who beyond our imperfections offers us his closeness, his Word, his strength, and gives meaning to our lives. Your heart knows that life is not the same without Him; then that which you have discovered, that which helps you to live and which gives you hope, that is what you need to communicate to others. Our imperfection should not be an excuse; on the contrary, the mission is a constant stimulus not to remain in mediocrity and to continue growing. The witness of faith that every Christian is called to offer implies saying like Saint Paul: «It is not that I have already achieved it or that it is already perfect, but that I continue my career […] and launch myself into what lies ahead »(Flp 3,12-13).