Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 7: The World’s Hunger For Truth

When you look at those who don’t follow Jesus or engage with Catholics who don’t take their Faith seriously, what do you see?

Do you see an enemy? A problem to be dealt with? An annoyance to be ignored or side-stepped? Or do you see someone who is secretly miserable, unfulfilled, and starving for something more?

Every single one of us is built with a deep, relentless longing in our hearts. Only, so many people don’t even know what it is that they long for. It’s like a starving person who doesn’t realize that what they need is food

All they need is Jesus Christ and His Truth—a personal living relationship with God. But so often there is no one willing or able to introduce them to Him! “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few” (Lk. 10:2).

Our society is starving without Jesus and so many Catholics walk away hungry—the world and our Church is groaning with hunger pains. 

But we have been given the Bread of Life. We know Him and know that it is Jesus they are hungry for. To know this is an incredible privilege and an immense responsibility. Will you feed the poor and bring Him to them? Will you introduce them to Jesus?

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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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