A New Way of Humanising the World
3.1 The Semantics of Witnessing Back to the Old Testament the prophets were clearly agents of rebuking the obnox- ious and immoral structures of their times. One recalls the person of the Prophet Amos who spoke against injustices meted out to the poor and the downtrodden by the rich and most powerful (Amos 5:14 – 24). A similar prophetic effort is what one witnesses in the Prophet Hosea (Hosea 11:1 – 9). In the personality of Christ one witnesses the ensemble of the Old Testament prophecies and ipso facto the taking of this prophetic witnessing to its highest echelon. Even as Jesus himself attested: “I have come not to be served but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many (Matt 20:28).” Christ-event for human- kind was in itself a prophetic witnessing par excellence. The Apostles of Jesus after the Ascension of Christ had equally the same clar- ion call: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). But it is worth noting that the Apostles of Jesus could not at any point in time accomplish this task of witnessing without devoting themselves to prayerful devotion as the basis and strength of their witnessing in word and concrete action. And this position gets its clear light and authenticity from the argumentation of John Paul II when...
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