Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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 years of marriage, this was a man still in love.

But no matter how much he told us about her, it could never be a substitute for meeting her. At the end of the day, she came to pick him up. His eyes lit up as he could finally introduce his new friends to the love of his life. And you know what? She was even more lovely than he described.

This is how we should be with Jesus.

No matter how well we can speak about Him to others, it is never a substitute for encountering Him. If we want to share the beauty and goodness of Jesus, we have to go beyond just talking about Him. We have to be Him for the world.  

This is a point John Paul makes when explaining how we are the Body of Christ.

First, we love Jesus so personally and deeply that He becomes like a fragrance that surrounds us. And the more time we spend with Him, the more we become like Him so that when people encounter us, they actually encounter the living God through us!

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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 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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