One of the key things that the Holy Father reminded us was to ‘know our purpose’. Pope Benedict repeatedly spelt out the reason the Church exists and the vocation of the baptised which is to proclaim the Gospel. He said at Oscott seminary on 19 September:
"In the course of my visit it has become clear to me how deep a thirst there is among the British people for the Good News of Jesus Christ. You have been chosen by God to offer them the living water of the Gospel… be sure to present in its fulness the life-giving message of the Gospel."
The laity has an essential part to play in mission which above all involves finding ways of communicating to others the reality of the unconditional love and mercy of God. One of the best ways to point others toward this reality is by responding to the universal call to holiness, remembering that Christian mission is lived and expressed in joy.
Blessed John Henry Newman wrote and meditated: ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service, He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another, I have my mission… I am a link in a chain.’ It is timely for us all to pray and reflect on what work we’ve been called to do, however small or great. Now is a good time to ask the Lord to speak to you heart-to-heart.
It may mean that you receive an invitation from the Lord to serve in a new way, or it could be that you are inspired to continue the tasks you’ve already been entrusted. Whatever response you receive, know that your calling and work makes a unique contribution to the mission of the Church.
"...it is the whole Church that receives the mission to evangelise, and the work of each individual member is important for the whole."
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