“The Sacred Scriptures use the image of the vine in various ways. In a particular case, the vine serves to express the Mystery of the People of God. From this perspective which emphasizes the Church’s internal nature, the lay faithful are seen not simply as labourers who work in the vineyard, but as themselves being a part of the vineyard. Jesus says, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches’ (Jn 15:5).”
-Blessed Pope John Paul II (Christifideles Laici)
In no uncertain terms, JPII wanted us to know that we are inseparably united to Christ. He works both with us and through us. In this union, we share in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. Summarizing Vatican II, we fulfill the priestly mission in the sacrifice of our daily work, prayers, apostolic endeavors, family life, daily labor, and relaxation. To fulfill the prophetic mission, we are called to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Finally to fulfill the kingly mission, we are called to spread the Kingdom of God in history. Above all, this is manifest in our spiritual combat against the kingdom of sin.
But, JPII says, “in particular the lay faithful are called to restore to creation all its original value.” In other words, we have a special place trying to help redeem the Earth which was cursed by the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:17). In addition, this gives us a particularly secular character. Our vocation is tied to this passing world and therefore, we are specially bound to the world.
Let us bear abundant fruit in the world!