Response to our Baptismal call
Luke 4: 16 – 21 tells us: He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom*into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
The gospels record the ministry over the next 3 years, Jesus won the hearts of many people. He gave sight to the blind, expelled evil spirits cured the sick, raised the dead, calm the storms. People gave up everything to follow him and become his disciples. Crowds of people followed him from town to town. Others felt he was a troublemaker because he challenged religious leaders. He violated the rules of the Sabbath and hung out in the wrong crowd, tax collectors, prostitutes. He caused a raucous as he flipped the tables in the temple. Religious leaders thought he was being sacrilegious as he forgave sins and seemed to make himself equal to God.
While we are not equipped to do miracles like Jesus, through baptism we are still called to continue building God’s kingdom and bring people to the fold. LUMEN GENTIUM, a document of Vatican II, includes a chapter entitled, THE LAITY. It says – the laity belongs fully to the Church and to its mystery. We are united to Christ in baptism; we are baptized into one body by the Spirit; we are one body in Christ. we all have different gifts, but they are all from the one Spirit. As baptized Catholics, we share the same mission as Jesus. We are all called to participate in the mission of the Church, to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ by our actions and words, and to work toward the transformation of the world.
Laïcs En Mission is here to collaborate with our church to serve the spiritual and social needs of all. Our hope is that all we encounter will seek intimate knowledge of the teachings of Jesus so that we can each understand and live out fully our baptismal promises. If our lives are witness and testimony to our faith, then others will be attracted to the Catholic Faith. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters by sharing Christ and then we will have fulfilled our mission.