All of us are called to be saints. We are called to be witnesses of Christ out in the world. How effectively are we living up to that call? Although we look to bishops, priests, deacons, and religious for leadership, each one of us is called to sanctity in our particular state in life. Furthermore, the laity have tremendous opportunities to be witnesses out in the secular world in ways in which the clergy frequently do not.
Lay ministry is much more than performing a particular function at a liturgical service. This is certainly a component of lay ministry, but it is not the only aspect that needs to be taken into consideration. Being a faithful witness of Jesus Christ out in the world can take many forms and dimensions depending upon our particular state in life. Do people look to you for guidance? Has anyone ever asked you to pray for them? Are you approachable? Lay people have tremendous opportunities to proclaim the Gospel in a variety of settings and circumstances. Are you grasping these opportunities to build up the Kingdom of God?
We need faithful bishops, priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters. We also need faithful lay people. Each one of us has an opportunity to impact the world by living a life of faith. How will you proclaim the Kingdom of God today?