Christ is the center of the cosmos and of history: in him alone are the fullness of life and salvation, on earth as in heaven. Every man urgently needs him and those who have had the good fortune to meet him and to know him have of course the mission and the duty to announce it.
1. Every man has the right to know Christ. It is, in a way, the first and most fundamental of human rights because it is only in him that the fullness of life and salvation are found, as well as the ultimate answers to the question. sense of existence and the mystery of man. By what right could we deprive anyone of Christ Jesus? Every man, every community, and all humanity has a radical need of him because he is “the light of the world” (John 8:12) and because no one goes to the Father except through him, who alone is “the Way , Truth and Life “(John 14,6).
2. What is at stake, through the fight of light against darkness, is already our full development on earth both personally and at the community level. The common good of communities and societies depends on the proclamation of Christ who fights evil and the structures of sin deeply. Every soul that rises with him raises the world.
3. The great challenge is, of course, the eternal salvation of all men, which has always been the main motive of evangelization, and which remains the center of gravity of all missionary activity. The fact that “the Word enlightens every man” (John 1: 4) and that God offers everyone access to salvation, “in ways that only he knows” (GS) must not make us forget the seriousness and drama of human history, and the efficacy and importance for our salvation of prayer, penance, and the explicit proclamation of Christ.
4. Many other objections and alibis against evangelization have been heard and relayed in our time very marked by relativism, but following the Second Vatican Council, all the last Popes have worked with vigor to refute these fallacies and to recall the urgency of evangelization.
5 the Church is missionary in nature, as is inevitably also any disciple who has actually met the Lord. Both can not disdain the mission without denying themselves and without profoundly denying their identity and the vitality of their faith. To be a missionary is to imitate the Christ sent by the Father. It is also to participate in its mission and extend it “for the salvation of the world”.