St Vincent de Paul Society

Personal Reflection
May 14, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature…These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

Sharing the Mission

The motto of the Society states that: “No work of charity is foreign to the Society.” The possibilities for Vincentian action are almost without limit. Being poor does not always, or necessarily, consist of being short of material goods … There are poor who are or are made to feel alone ... immigrants, people experiencing homelessness or feeling rejected and all those who find themselves among others who are indifferent or hostile.

Discussion

How are you being called to carry the mission of Jesus in new ways, meeting new needs or creating new works of charity?

Action

This week, find an opportunity to share a good news story about the Society.

Prayer

(Together)  Jesus is ever present with God, and ever present with us, and so we pray, Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth.
We ask for strength to continue as your faithful disciples,
May we seek to speak your word and your healing presence.
We ask for the grace to live our motto “No work of charity is foreign to the Society”,
May we be aware of the poorest among us and seek to assist them.
(Together) Amen.