A. 744: I find all the readings to be so delightful and comforting today! The image of God"Fondling" me on his knee is priceless (1st Reading). The Lord Jesus knows who his committed disciples are and what they will become: those who knowingly chose to become “conscious disciples" and actively follow Jesus. So he confidently sends them out to continue his work, to expand the reach of his mission (Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20). Now these conscious disciples become his hands, feet, heart, and mouth. Jesus never sends them out alone, but in pairs so that they have the support of other disciples and avoid the danger of becoming "lone rangers."
When Jesus asks us to do something, he always provides every gift we need to accomplish the task. So each one of us can confidently participate in the ministry of the Catholic Church, knowing we are committed disciples who are always called and always sent.
You and I constitute "the laity." In paragraph 3 of a solemnly proclaimed decree from the Ecumenical Council Vatican II in 1965, the world's bishops teach us this: "[The laity] are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself. They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people not only that they may offer spiritual sacrifices in everything they do, but also that they may witness to Christ throughout the world."
God chose us to be his instruments to fulfil his plan of salvation. He is calling us to become “conscious disciples." If Christ is calling us, and he is, then we can be confident that he will give us every single gift we need to fulfil our task of witnessing to Christ; both vocally and by the way we live our lives.
KNOW YOUR CATECHISM!
Article 900 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “[The laity] are entrusted by God with the apostolate, by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation, to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth" Their activity is so necessary that, for the most part, the apostolate of the pastors cannot be fully effective without it. So, we see that it is through them that people can hear the Gospel and know Christ.