Lay Life in a Year

52 Reflections on JPII's vision for the Laity

Week 8: The Laity Is A Source Of Hope And Love

The challenges are immense, even overwhelming. Facing the sheer depth of despair, anxiety, helplessness, and fear in the world and in the Church can make us discouraged.

Very quickly we begin to hear the lie creep in, “This is all too much. What can you do? You are insignificant and small. Besides, you’re just a lay person, and a sinful one at that.”

But it isn’t up to us! We aren’t being asked to save the world. We are being asked to point to the one who saves the world—Jesus Christ.

Jesus alone can conquer all the misery and brokenness of life, but He invites us to help announce His Good News. In a special way, Jesus calls the lay faithful to be “a sign and source of hope and of love” by living every moment of our lives pointing to Him (CFL, No. 7).

If given completely to God, our everyday, seemingly ordinary life can become a beacon of light that the Lord uses to save those lost in darkness.

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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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