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social situation, cultural allegiance, or moral performance.  Members are to follow the Master, obedient even unto death on the cross.  No Chris­tian can escape the responsibility of manifesting what Christ began.  This realization leads us to appreciate how important mission is.

The divine act of universal convocation will become real for people only by means of specific action, or mission, on the part of the Church.  A non-missionary church would not be the church of Jesus Christ.  But the terms "convocation" and "assembly" must be readjusted, because modern man has become more and more aware that he must take his destiny in hand and construct the terrestrial city.  He wants no interference from the institutional church.  In such an environment the Church does not in fact act to assemble.  We need to include our "dispersed people," consider­ing them not as "isolated" but as living members of a church that is the leaven in the mass.  The "convoker" is always the Church that calls people to "assemble."  

This leads us to the importance of the institution of the eucharistic assembly.  The "rite" is the ground of mystery of con­vocation, while assembly is man's relation with God.  There is an explicit summons to salvation and an explicit response by

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