St Vincent de Paul Society

Fifth Sunday of Easter

U D P

Reflection 5
May 3, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

Sharing the Mission

Vincentians are non-judgmental. A non-judgmental attitude excludes assigning guilt or innocence, or judging a person’s degree of responsibility for their needs or problems. St Vincent de Paul appealed: “Deal with neighbours in a gentle, humble and loving manner... and never employ a vehement accusation or reproaches or harsh language toward anyone whomsoever.”

Discussion

As a conference how can you continue to support each other whilst addressing judgmental attitudes that may exist towards our friends in need?

Action

In prayer this week, seek guidance to serve with love, compassion and openness.

Prayer

(Together) With grateful hearts we pray for the grace of pruning,
Grant us the grace to be kind and loving.
For the poor we serve,
Grant us the grace to be non-judgmental.
For the St Vincent de Paul Society,
Grant us the grace to live the spirit of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and St Vincent de Paul.
(Together) Amen.