Monday, February 01, 2016

EVANGELIZATION



The Church is both for man and pro-man in the same way that She is for God and wherefore pro-God.  The Social Doctrine of the Church thus forms an integral part of her ministry to man in the name of God.  Nothing that concerns human society such as questions and problems about justice and freedom, about peace and development are irrelevant to the Church’s Social Doctrine.  The good or welfare of man – this can be considered as the key concern and interest of the Church in general, and of her Social Doctrine in particular.  That injustice should be done away with and that justice should be restored in human society – this is a key teaching of the evangelizing Social Doctrine of the Church that is premised of the tripod of Truth-Justice-Peace in both the ethical order of reason and the moral sphere of grace.

It has to be clearly noted and well-understood that Evangelization connects God with man, brings man to God.  The evangelizing work of the Church relates the temporal sojourn of man with the eternal Kingdom of God.  In other words, just as it is not purely about man, neither is it purely about God.  Evangelization is about social realities whereby through the Church, God shows His love and concern for man while man in turn manifests his reverence and obedience to God.  It can be wherefore said that though Evangelization, man is made to reach up to God just as God reaches down to man.  And while one or the other thereof is good, both however are the composite best in terms of some kind of God-man/man-God partnership.

The Social Doctrine of the Church would not only be sterile but also futile if it were made a secret reality, a confidential matter or a purely personal concern – all of which are not really “social” in nature and scope.  It is neither right for the Church nor fair for humanity if the said social teaching were not proclaimed, were not made known to all who want to know, to all who want to put into practice.  In other words, the formal term used to convey a teaching, to preach a truth and to proclaim a reality that joins man to God and God to man – this is Evangelization.  There seems to be a common perception or understanding particularly among Catholics themselves, that evangelization – which is a substantive mission of the Church – is publicly and repeatedly making known but purely supernatural truths about God, only about heaven, simply about souls.  This is partly true and wherefore actually false.

The whole truth is that Evangelization means teaching, preaching and proclaiming truths about material plus spiritual realities, concerning natural and supernatural matters, regarding the now and beyond, the here and the hereafter.  And the Social Doctrine of the Church – while by and large about here and now – is definitely anchored on the truths hereafter and beyond.  This is the great distinction between the Social Doctrine of the Church and but different secular ideologies – be this rightist, leftist, purely authored by man with his pre-given individual intention, personal conviction, subjective persuasion.

So it is that the just held 51st International Eucharistic Congress  markedly had and proclaimed its evangelizing intention and mission in favor of the whole humanity the world over.