St Vincent de Paul Society

Reflection 8
May 24, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify because you have been with me from the beginning. I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”

Sharing the Mission

While at times one can hear the Spirit speak even in a noisy crowd, it is often only in silence that one hears the deepest voice, that one plumbs the depth of meaning. It is only when what is heard is pondered, that its full meaning is revealed. The quest for truth, therefore, involves prayerfulness and reflection Jesus turned to his Father again and again in prayer to listen to him and to seek his will. Prayer is then surely one of the privileged ways of listening. But it must always be validated by life. One who listens to “what the Spirit is telling me” in prayer, but who pays little heed to what others are saying in daily life is surely suspect. Prayer must be in contact with people and events, since God speaks not only in the silence of our hearts, but also (and often first of all) in the people around us.

Discussion

As Vincentians, how have you listened to the Holy Spirit through your service to our friends in need?

Action

This week, before your visits considering praying with your visiting partner.

Prayer

(Together) Seeking the grace of the Holy Spirit, we pray, Come, Holy Spirit.
That the winds of Pentecost may move us to deeds of peace and justice, Come, Holy Spirit.
That the first of Pentecost may breathe new hope into the hopeless, Come, Holy Spirit.
That we may listen in the silence of our heart to people and events, Come, Holy Spirit.
(Together) Amen.