Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 13: Rediscovering Baptism

We might not remember our own Baptism, but we often remember the Baptism of our loved ones: the joy of being surrounded by family and friends, the good food, conversation, and community. It can be a wonderful event.

But, reading through Christifideles Laici, John Paul II reminds us that while Baptism is a wonderful event to celebrate, it’s actually more than this.

We might forget sometimes, but baptism is the start of an adventure.

It’s where our life with Jesus begins. When a child has the baptismal water poured over her head she is  given a new life, with a new mission. Now, for the rest of her life her soul is different. How? Because now she belongs to Jesus, so the whole purpose of her life is to follow Him.

And the same is true for our loved ones and for us. So let’s take a moment to remember the Baptism of  someone we love and to remember our own Baptism. This is where our life with Jesus began, this is where the adventure of following Him all got started. This is where we are all given true life.

And that is something worth celebrating.

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Week 23 : Identity and Mission of Lay Christians

Who are you supposed to be and what are you supposed to do? The answer is really the center of the entire document because it has the potential to change everything about our lives. John Paul II does not mince words: You cannot be a Christian and live just like...

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Week 22 : Responsible for the Church’s Mission

Have you ever told God no?  Moses did. He tried to get out of going to Egypt and came up with all sorts of excuses. Faced with the weight of this responsibility he began to panic: “Who am I?” “What do I tell them?” “Suppose they don’t believe me or listen to me?” “I...

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Week 21 : Kingly Mission

Without a kingdom to rule, the title of “king” is just empty. A king's true identity and purpose are tied to his realm and responsibilities. Since all Christians are called to share in the kingship of Christ, this means that Christians have a real "kingdom" where we...

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