Take the Way of the Gospel

‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Gospel to all creation.’
Mark 16:15

 

AN INTRODUCTION
This document provides a brief introduction into this process and what this invitation means for you and your parish. What is ‘Take the Way of the Gospel’ inviting us to? We are being called — laypeople and clergy together — to a renewed sense of our missionary purpose. Exploring and dreaming a missionary way forward lies at the heart of our baptismal call to live out the Gospel. It is something that Pope Francis talks about in his Apostolic Letter, Evangelii Gaudium (2013): ‘I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. The renewal of structures demanded by pastoral conversion can only be understood in this light: as part of an effort to make them more mission-oriented, to make ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open.’