Reflection 4 

Text (Gospel Story) John 13:31-33

When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Sharing the Mission

Jesus tells us “This is how all will know that you are my disci ples, if you have love for one another.” These words meant much to St Vincent de Paul and Frederic Ozanam, and indeed to all members of the Society. There are millions who watch pictures of poverty on our television screens and feel generous towards the poor. Their reaction, so often, goes no further than feeling. The Society of St Vincent de Paul, however, imitates Jesus in that you are not content to feel generous, but you show your generosity at a particular time and place. The Society has always been recognised for its practical charity. It is a mystery of God that you, as members of the St Vincent de Paul Society, are able to love those affected by poverty and injustice. As you serve them, take heart from the thought that you are indeed the disciples of Jesus!

Discussion 

As a conference, how does your service to others ‘show that you are disciples of Jesus’?

Prayer

(Leader) For the grace to be the disciples of Jesus, we pray:

(Together) Grant us the grace to be kind and loving.

(Leader) For the poor we serve,

(Together) Grant us the grace to be non-judgemental.

(Leader) For the Society of St Vincent de Paul,

(Together) Grant all members the spirit of Frederic and Vincent. Amen