121. Of course, all of us are called to mature in
our work as evangelizers. We want to have better
training, a deepening love and a clearer witness
to the Gospel. In this sense, we ought to let oth-
ers be constantly evangelizing us. But this does
not mean that we should postpone the evangeliz-
ing mission; rather, each of us should find ways
to communicate Jesus wherever we are. All of
us are called to offer others an explicit witness
to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our
imperfections offers us his closeness, his word
and his strength, and gives meaning to our lives.
In your heart you know that it is not the same to
live without him; what you have come to realize,
what has helped you to live and given you hope,
is what you also need to communicate to others.
Our falling short of perfection should be no ex-
cuse; on the contrary, mission is a constant stim-
ulus not to remain mired in mediocrity but to
continue growing. The witness of faith that each
Christian is called to offer leads us to say with
Saint Paul: “Not that I have already obtained this,
or am already perfect; but I press on to make it
my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his
own” (
The evangelizing power of popular piety
122. In the same way, we can see that the dif-
ferent peoples among whom the Gospel has
been inculturated are active collective subjects or
agents of evangelization. This is because each
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