Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

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 live out our calling. 

This kingdom isn’t made of land or physical boundaries, but the areas of influence and responsibility in our lives—be it in our families, workplaces, or within ourselves. 

The true exercise of Christian kingship means using our God-given leadership, talents, and good example to make impactful changes and practically promote Gospel values in the world. This is an invitation to engage deeply with the people around me so the world is in fact more Christ-like. Can I say, “wherever I am, the Gospel is more present?

Without a “kingdom” to serve and improve, the role of “king” lacks any real meaning or purpose. Christians are required to find and cultivate the “kingdom” where they live out the charity, peace, and servant-leadership that our faith calls for. This means that our kingship is not an empty title, but a real responsibility and a mission to meaningfully contribute to establish Christ’s Kingdom in the world.

St. John Paul II states boldly, this is a responsibility for all Christians, but primarily for lay people! How is the Church’s mission to establish the Kingdom of God lived in my neighborhood, my workplace? ME! There is no backup plan or some diocesan office that’s responsible. 

It’s up to me.

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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 20 : Prophetic Mission

Ezekiel cooked his food over cow poop to symbolize the defiled food the Israelites would eat in exile (Ezekiel 4:12-15).  John the Baptist ate locusts.  And as a way to show how Israel failed to cling to Him, God told Jeremiah to buy some underwear, wear it, then hide...

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