Tuesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time
"Jesus went around to all the towns and villages..."
Vatican Council II
Decree on the missionary activity of the Church, « Ad Gentes », § 12
"Jesus went around to all the towns and villages... proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom"
The presence of the Christian faithful in human groups should be inspired by that charity with which God has loved us, and with which He wills that we should love one another (cf. 1 Jn 4,11). Christian charity truly extends to all, without distinction of race, creed, or social condition: it looks for neither gain nor gratitude. For as God loved us with an unselfish love, so also the faithful should in their charity care for the human person himself, loving him with the same affection with which God sought out man. Just as Christ, then, went about all the towns and villages, curing every kind of disease and infirmity as a sign that the kingdom of God had come (cf. Matt. 9:35ff; Acts 10:38), so also the Church, through her children, is one with men of every condition, but especially with the poor and the afflicted… She shares in their joys and sorrows, knows of their longings and problems, suffers with them in death's anxieties. To those in quest of peace, she wishes to answer in fraternal dialogue, bearing them the peace and the light of the Gospel.
Let Christians labor and collaborate with others in rightly regulating the affairs of social and economic life. With special care, let them devote themselves to the education of children and young people… Furthermore, let them take part in the strivings of those peoples who, waging war on famine, ignorance, and disease, are struggling to better their way of life and to secure peace in the world…
However, the Church has no desire at all to intrude itself into the government of the earthly city. It claims no other authority than that of ministering to men with the help of God.
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