December 27. John and the evangelists. The Word of God has been transmitted orally and written and recorded in any number of forms since the first discovery of writing on scrolls, papyrus, handwritten paper and printed books and today digitally in many different formats. The Old Testament recounts the story before the birth of Jesus while the New Testament contains the gospels as accounts and reflections on the life and words of Jesus according to the traditions of the 4 evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The New Testament also contains letters from others such as Paul, Peter, and John. John is described as the disciple whom Jesus loved, who stood by the cross with Mary and to whom Jesus entrusted his mother. The final book, Revelation presents John’s reflections on the end times and eternity, the New Jerusalem. This whole library of books presents the Good News of God’s love. Evangelisation is the sharing of this Good news. New Evangelisation today is the task of all believers, each in their own way and life situation. That which was from the beginning , which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, and touched with our hands concerning the word of life, we proclaim also to you. 1 John 1:1-4 Today there is also an understanding that God has spoken through tradition and all of creation. Pope Francis: God has written a precious book, whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe. We can say that alongside revelation contained in Sacred Scripture there is a divine manifestation in the blaze of the sun and the fall of night. Paying attention to this manifestation we learn to see ourselves in relation to all other creatures. LS 85 Reflect and share. Do we sufficiently identify with the need to share in the work of evangelisation by our lives?
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