May 28: The Laity (Part Two)
Questions for Reflection:
The Primary mission of the laity is to help others encounter the risen Christ. To help others because disciples; to help transform the structures of the world so that they support and foster all that is truly human and reflect God’s loving purposes.
How does your job connect to your mission?
Today, we understand that Christ has not just redeemed ME, but THE WORLD, and I am not just called to be a DISCIPLE, but an APOSTLE. Our concern is no longer about my own worthiness, which is of course, yes, but a whole new concern:
How can I bring Christ to others? – How can help them to know they are worthy?
Ronald Rolheiser defined Church this way: “Church is not about a few like-minded persons getting together for mutual support; it is about millions and millions of different kinds of persons transcending their differences so as to become a community beyond temperament, race, ideology, gender, language and background.”[i]
What is the Holy Spirit doing in this parish?
How does the priest and the laity work equally? How do we collaborate?
[i] Rolheiser, Ronald. The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality. New York: DoubleDay, 1999. Pg. 114-115.
According to Lumen Gentium:
God’s people have the divine call to seek the kingdom of God by ordering temporal affairs according to [God’s] plan (LG 30). . . . they are to participate in the saving mission of the church. [God] gave them knowledge of the faith (LG 31). . . . and it is the duty of pastors to acknowledge with joy and fostering with diligence the various humble and exalted charisms of the laity. (LG 33). ”
The laity have the right, as do all Christians, to receive in abundance from their spiritual shepherds the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the assistance of the word of God and of the sacraments. They should openly reveal to them (their priests) their needs and desires with the freedom and confidence which is fitting for children of God and brothers [and sisters] in Christ. (LG 37)
You too are living stones, built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. . . . You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood a holy nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works of the One whom called you from darkness into his own marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:5, 9)