Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 4: Why Do You Stand Here Idle?

“Why do you stand here idle all day?” (Mt. 20:6)

The world needs you. The Church needs you. Christ is calling you. So why do you stand here idle?

Is it because the brokenness of the world feels too overwhelming? Is it because it is easier to spend life doing things we pretend are important rather than face the immensity of our real call? Is it because deep down we are afraid that we are too weak and will fail?

You’re the only one who knows what tempts you to be idle. But the reason doesn’t really matter. Regardless of why, Jesus Christ is looking you in the eyes and telling you to give up a life on the sideline and join Him.

The world is suffering; too many hearts are shattering for you to sit idly by when you have so much to give.

The world needs you. The Church needs you. Christ is calling you. Do you trust Him enough to go?

Lay Life in a Year Overview

  • Read the original: Introduction, No. 3

  • Last week: Real Holiness

  • This week: Why Do You Stand Here Idle?

  • Next week: The Urgent Issue Of Secularism In The World 

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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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