Monday, May 13, 2019
John C. Sivalon reads the Evangelii gaudium from the perspective of a missionary, and highlights the parts of the exhortation that best reflect Pope Francis' style and thought. Francis reveals himself as a missionary, a Latin American and a Jesuit. As a missionary, he highlights his vision of the mission as missio Dei and the primacy of the mission in defining the nature of the Church; as Latin American, he emphasizes the primacy of the poor, not only as an object of charity, but as a hermeneutical principle for an authentic vision of the Christian faith; as a Jesuit, he puts in the foreground the understanding of inculturation as incarnation.
The exhortation radiates joy, hope, openness, because Pope Francis refocuses the attention of the Church on God's love for alI and for all of creation. It encourages to watch out for the false images of happiness generated by capitalism, obsessive consumerism and exasperated individualism The joy of the Gospel comes from the knowledge of who God is and who we are. It is a joy that comes in the way of the cross, because it comes from the total offering of oneself in favor of the other, as manifested in the passion and death of Christ, but it reveals the deepest nature of the Triune God.
[The Joy of the Gospel: Sharing in a Holy Pilgrimage]
Source: John C. Sivalon, missionary of the Maryknoll Society – AD GENTES, 18(2014)2, pp. 137-149