St Vincent de Paul Society

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

U D P

Reflection 1
June 14, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowd: This is how it is with the reign of God. A man scatters seed on the ground. He goes to bed and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens. The soil produces of itself first the blade, then the ear. When the crop is ready he ‘wields the sickle, for the time is ripe for harvest.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul was a great inspiration to Blessed Frederic Ozanam in his life, work and writings. For St Vincent de Paul, however, and for Blessed Frederic Ozanam, it was the charity of Christ which pressed them on to do what they did for the poor of their time ... As members of the Society ... take heart from the thought that you are reflecting into this dark world the light and love of God.

Discussion

As a conference how have you learned to find the face of Christ in our friends in need?

Action

Think of ways you can further share the story of the charitable works of Frederic Ozanam and bring them back to your conference.

Prayer

(Together)  Jesus, be with us as we help the poor, Teach us to how to be patient.
Jesus, be with us as we sow seeds of our works, Teach us how to trust in you.
Jesus, be with us in our service to our suffering brothers and sisters,
(Together) Amen.