The Command for the Laity 

At Mass, the priest or deacon sometimes concludes by giving the laity a command. They’ll say:

“Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.”
Or

“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life”
But why is this?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 900 states “Since, like all the faithful, lay Christians are entrusted by God with the apostolate by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, they have the right and duty, individually or grouped in associations, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth. ”

Therefore, a chief job for the laity is to help spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to all nations, cities, communities, neighbors, and in our homes. Sharing the gospel can be more than a verbal explanation, therefore it can be shared in our actions. As St. Peter Claver once said as he worked with newly arrived African slaves in South America in the 17th century “We must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips.”

The Church, given by command from Jesus in Matt. 25, calls the faithful to engage in Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. These acts of compassion and charity ultimately fulfill the commandment given by our Lord to love our neighbor. For example, St. Mother Teresa demonstrated a great deal of living the gospel in her life by the global ministry to the poor and vulnerable. Because of this, she provided us, the laity, a model by which to mirror in order to strive to be more Christ-like in the world.

This raises the question

How do I allow the Gospel of the Lord to be announced?

How am I glorifying God in my life?

Since the year has started and we’re almost into February (which means there still is time to get started), start by examining the ways by which God has blessed you with a talent, resource, or skill.

Try to prayerfully identify areas where God might be calling or sending you to spread or share Christ message.

Or

Try coming up with a shorter and longer version of your testimony about how Jesus Christ has changed your life.

Familiarize yourself with the story of Jesus Christ, so that you can share the life, death, resurrection, and ascension to those who may have never heard the authentic story of the Gospel.

Try reaching out to others on anonymous chat apps such as Whisper. From experience, I’ve seen many people seeking support or guidance that may be open to the gospel.

For parents, the household is considered a Domestic Church, the parents are responsible for religiously educating their children, teaching about morals, and instructing in the faith.

Financially supporting the Church is fundamental in how the gospel is spread and how a diocese conducts much of their work for the poor. Considering supporting the financial means of a single parish.

Some help that may be beneficial on Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/the-spiritual-works-of-mercy.cfm

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/the-corporal-works-of-mercy.cfm

3 comments

  1. A good – very good – question. These are good, too: “How do I allow the Gospel of the Lord to be announced?” “How am I glorifying God in my life?”

    I’ve flagged the two USCCB links for reading later today. The idea-starters – – – looks like I’ve got another few options for what to think about. Thanks!

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  2. Hey Menny,

    You did such a wonderful job on this, and gave to us all something to think about and how to go through this year doing the will of God in our lives.

    For me one thing I have been pondering and I believe is from God, are the “poor.” We have a box three miles from my house which is for clothes for battered women and their children. Of course when I clean out, all the “throw away” goes to them. Lately the Lord has pressed on my heart, “Why does it always have to be a “throw away?”

    You know Menny, it does not always have to be a “throw away.” Though I cannot go to Dillard’s and always buy a 100.00 blouse there are new clothes I can buy at cheaper stores for them and their kids, and put in that box. It would not hurt me financially at all. I do not know why that thought never came to me before???? Good post and God Bless, SR

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