General Audience, September 6, 2000
The way taught by Christ is demanding and calls for sacrifice and the gift of self. Pope John Paul II General Audience September 6, 2000 Dear Brothers and Sisters, In todayâ€™s catechesis we are reflecting on the theme of the Christian who, as a follower of Christ, is called to undergo a radical conversion of heart and mind. The disciple enters into a communion of life with Jesus and allows himself to be guided by him in all things. The way taught by Christ is demanding and calls for sacrifice and the gift of self. It involves the mandate to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, and all are called to become witnesses to Christâ€™s word. As they journey through life on their way to the final goal of heavenly glory, Christâ€™s followers must, with Godâ€™s grace, free themselves from the slavery of selfishness and pride, and imitate the Divine Master in all things. During this Jubilee Year, may we follow Christ ever more closely through prayer, through the love of God above all things, and the loving service of our brothers and sisters.
I warmly welcome the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at todayâ€™s audience, especially those from England, Ireland, Malta, Japan, the Philippines and the United States of America. Upon you and your families I invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God.