My experiences at Notre Dame motivated me toward a career dedicated to service and Catholic education. After graduation, I pursued a master’s degree in public service management and have since worked in Catholic schools. I strive to live our Catholic values in all facets of my life, but I find myself asking if I’m doing enough. Or when I stumble, I question what Jesus might think. These instances of doubt prompt me to consider what it must have been like to be one of Jesus’ first disciples and whether it was difficult for them to answer his call to follow him and live up to what were incredibly high expectations.
I am reassured by the words in today’s Gospel. Jesus sees all of us who are doing the will of God as his own brother or sister, which is an important reminder that we are all called to be a disciple of the Lord. This message lives beyond the Gospel in Church teachings that reaffirm the importance of active collaboration among religious and the lay faithful in fulfilling the mission of the Church.
If we continue to work on being a steward of God’s creation and strive to live an authentic life based on our faith, Jesus will see us in the same light that he saw those who were sitting around him in this Gospel: as being in communion with one another and with him. While these are still high expectations, not unlike what Jesus asked of his first apostles, today’s Gospel is a realistic reminder of how to think about discipleship as a layperson in today’s Church. We should be heartened that our efforts toward these goals are seen favorably by the Lord.
Lindsey Anderson Lopez ‘04
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