baptism, we accepted the invitation from Christ and received the mission
of evangelization. In the letter to the Corinthians, St Paul wrote:
I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an
obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach
it!" (1 Cor 9 :16) We see how important Paul perceived his call and
how he dedicated himself to spread the good news to all nations.
the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has been actively
promoting the role of the laity in the salvation history. Lay people are
encouraged to collaborate with the clergy to manage and continue the
succession of the church built by Jesus Christ.
of the apostolic exhortation,
Christifideles Laici (December 30, 1988) on the vocation and the mission of the
lay faithful in the church and in the world, Pope John Paul II
encouraged us to take an active role in church affairs.
Pius XII once described lay people were the people standing in the
frontline of the church life. The church was the source of motivation
of the human society. Lay people belonged to the church and were the
church. As in the image of vineyard, lay people and other members of
the church were the branches of the true grapes of Christ. Through Him
we got the life and bear abundant fruit.
from the above information, we can see the definite role of lay people
in the church organization. After baptized, do we have the feeling that
belonging to the church is a blessing? Do we have the urge and need to
share this joy with others? Frankly speaking, we look the same like,
superficially , however, our heart and value are tremendously different
from those without faith. We firmly believe that our self-value comes
from God and He is our ultimate goal. Moreover, we have the mission to
evangelize. In our everyday life, we should share the joy from God with
our family and friends. May this joy continue persist..
must learn to evangelize at the right opportunity in everyday life. For
example: joining a lay association is one of the good ways;
participating parish or diocesan activities can elevate our concept of
evangelization. Attending liturgy and receiving sacraments, reading
bible and religious articles are a must. If you can manage the above
ways, it won’ be difficult for you to find evangelization opportunities.
brothers and sisters in Christ, are you willing to try?