Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31
The Twelve approached Jesus and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place.” He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.” They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” They numbered about five thousand. Then Jesus said, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.” They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.
Sharing the Mission
Jesus was not only compassionate with his heart, but he was com passionate also with his hands, and he willed that the compassion should reach the people until the end of time. 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. Vincentians, however, imitate Jesus in that they are not content to feel generous, they show their generosity by being a sign of God’s love, a sign of God’s generosity, and a sign of God’s service, of his service in a special way to the poor. Before loving others, we must come to the realisation that we are at every moment of our lives being loved by God.
How have you experienced God’s love and generosity in your service?
(Leader) Jesus, you are the bread that fills the longing of our hearts,
(Together) May we be the sign of your love.
(Leader) Jesus, you are the wine that satisfies our thirst for holiness,
(Together) May we be the sign of your generosity.
(Leader) Jesus, your food strengthens us for the journey,
(Together) May we be the sign of your service. Amen