Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 11: The Front Lines of the Church

We have seen that the laity is called to bring Jesus into society. And John Paul II drives home this point by telling us that it is through the lay faithful that the world is introduced to Jesus. We are on the Church’s front lines. 

Each interaction someone has with us might be one of the few chances they have to see the beauty and joy of a life spent following Jesus. We never know when He wants to use us to help lead others into the arms of His Church.

So, how we live our vocation matters. Not so that we can meet some abstract demands, but so that we can love how we were made to love. The decisions we make, the actions we take, the words we speak—all of these can help lead others to Jesus and change their life forever. 

This life on the front lines is a challenging and unpredictable task. Like the disciples sent out two by two, we will be met with resistance, have to shake the dust off our feet, and we will often have nothing to give but Jesus alone. 

Being on the front lines means facing rejection and misunderstanding; it requires courage and vulnerability; it demands faith, hope, and love. But ultimately, it is the adventure that our lives were made for and it is the greatest way we can spend our time on earth.   

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Week 16: Temples of the Spirit

Have you ever lost your keys and ended up searching all over the place? Maybe you even look in the same drawer two or three times? You know they’re around, but they just don’t seem to be anywhere. Well, sometimes this is how it is with God too. We know He is...

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Week 15: One Body in Christ

Critics of the Church often accuse Her of all sorts of scandal, politics, and power struggles. Well, they’re right! The Church today and through the years has been filled with disunity. We can’t pretend these problems haven’t been there in the past or that they don’t...

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Week 14: Children of God

One of our team members was talking to an atheist who said, “I just can't accept a God who is Father.” His earthly dad had been so cruel that he couldn’t bring himself to see God as a good dad. Although the challenge might not always be this intense, even a Catholic...

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