Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that through baptism you
have invited me to share in your friendship through baptism. I trust in your Church, Lord. You have
given us this institution as the guide to help us in our salvation. I love you, Lord, because you
have loved me first. I love you, Lord, for calling me to be your friend and apostle. I may be a mere
sinner, but with you, Lord, I believe that I can do great things.
Petition: Lord, help me to collaborate in your work of
salvation.grant me the grace to be a faithful follower of yours until death.
1. Christ Summoned Those Whom He Wanted . Christ has chosen
to need our assistance. He wants our help with the great work of the New Evangelization. As great
and powerful as Christ is, he has willed that man collaborate with him in his plan of salvation. He
wants to involve others in helping people to come to know, love and serve him. He normally makes use
of man’s free and responsible collaboration in order to carry out his plans. Therefore, even though
man is a creature of very limited possibilities, he can achieve truly unimaginable things when he
lives and works for God.
2. He Calls Me by Name .
Christ does not haphazardly choose me to collaborate with him in the New
Evangelization. He knows me. He knows me better than I know myself, and out of love he invites me
out of love to be with him. When he calls me by name, he reaches into the depths of my heart and
soul. He delves into the depths of who I am, and he identifies with me. When he calls me by name, he
calls me out of love; “he calls me to share in his own divine life” (Lumen Gentium, 2). He calls me
by name because he knows how great the gift is that he wishes to share with me.
3. He Gives Me a Mission . “He sent them to preach and to drive
out demons” (Mark 3:14-15). Christ doesn’t call me just to enjoy the present life. He has created me
for a purpose. He has given me a specific vocation that only I can fulfill. I am irreplaceable;
there will never be another me. The opportunity that I have to share in this friendship with Our
Lord is an invitation to do something with him and for him. Christ’s love for me invites and beckons
me to collaborate with him. Who can resist an invitation to collaborate with someone so great, and
with an offer so challenging and yet so fulfilling?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you have wished for me to enter your friendship. You have called me by name to be your friend.
You have invited me to help you in the New Evangelization. I want to help you and do my part. Give
me the strength to be close to you and to collaborate with you in this great undertaking.
Resolution: I will bring up the faith in a conversation with