Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 1: The World Is A Vineyard

The world is not how it should be; the Church is not how it should be; I am not how I should be. 

Things are broken and seem to demand a solution. But every time one of us takes it upon ourselves to fix it, things only get worse. But that’s because the world is not a problem to be solved, it’s a place filled with souls waiting to be transformed. As Christ puts it, it’s a vineyard—His vineyard. 

The world doesn’t need a solution, especially not from one of us. It needs to be transformed in Christ, just as a vineyard needs to be transformed into wine. 

Only He can save the world, the Church, me. Only He can transform people into saints. And He doesn’t ask us to throw solutions at the world from afar. He points to all of humanity and to His Church and shows us that far from being an enemy to conquer or a problem to solve, it is a vineyard to be entered, nurtured, and transformed with love. 

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Week 19: The Sacrifice of Spilled Cereal

It was a hard morning with the kids. The oldest didn’t listen and spilled his cereal all over the floor. I was upset, but surprisingly, my wife wasn’t. She refilled his bowl, patted him on the head, and then quietly got down on her knees to clean up his mess. It was...

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Week 18: Continuing Christ’s Mission

You may have heard St. Paul’s shocking words: “We make up for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ.” (Col. 1:24) Is he saying Jesus isn’t enough? It’s a bit like when my 4 year old helps me cook. Well, he feels like he’s helping, but mostly I let him add some...

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Week 17: Being Christ In The World

Charles was an older man who spent the whole day working with us on a project. It was touching how often things reminded him of his wife. Flowers he brought to their first date, the time she was in the hospital for a week, and her kindness, joy, and patience. After 55...

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