Not to preach the Gospel would be my undoing, for Christ himself sent
me as his apostle and witness. The more remote, the more difficult
the assignment, the more my love of God spurs me on. I am bound to
proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the living God. Because of him
we come to know the God we cannot see. He is the firstborn of all
creation; in him all things find their being. Man’s teacher and redeemer,
he was born for us, died for us, and for us he rose from the dead.
All things, all history converges in Christ. A man of sorrow and
hope, he knows us and loves us. As our friend he stays by us
throughout our lives; at the end of time he will come to be our
judge; but we also know that he will be the complete fulfillment of
our lives and our great happiness for all eternity.
I can never cease to speak of Christ for he is our truth and our light;
he is the way, the truth and the life. He is our bread, our source of
living water who allays our hunger and satisfies our thirst. He is our
shepherd, our leader, our ideal, our comforter and our brother.
From a homily by Pope Paul VI
(Hom. Maniliae habita die 29 novembris 1970)