Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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 ingredients. It always makes a mess, but you should see his face light up. It’s just pure joy.

The thing is, I ask him to help because it’s good for him, not for me.

The work of Jesus Christ was perfect. In fact, that perfect offering was the only way to bridge the infinite gap between God and man. Nothing more is needed or could possibly make it more perfect.

However, God chose to include us in that plan. He doesn’t just allow us to participate. He requires it. As St. Augustine put it, “God who created you without you, will not save you without you.”

It isn’t just make believe. God actually left some of the work undone. That’s why the Church exists. The entire purpose of the Church can be summed up: to continue the mission of Christ as priest, prophet, and king for the salvation of the world.

Wow. That’s a huge responsibility.

So what does that mean for me? Well, everything!

We’ll see that next time.

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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 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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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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