Reflection 8 

Text (Gospel Story) John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “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. He will
not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the
things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told
you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

Sharing the Mission

Gratitude is a good barometer of our spiritual condition. If you find that you are giving thanks to God frequently in your prayer, for big things and small; if you find yourself showing gratitude to others, your spiritual life is probably in a healthy condition. To give thanks is a sign of humility. If we are humble, we will certainly be in God’s favour and His love, and the most valuable gift we can offer to the poor, will be in our hearts. If we have a grateful heart, we will see everything as gifts of God. May God give us the grace to be grateful for everything He has given us and to show that gratitude by generosity to others and to the poor.

Discussion 

How do you keep humility at the heart of your Vincentian life?

Prayer

(Leader) O Holy Trinity, truly you are a God of mystery,

(Together) Give us hearts filled with reverence for You.

(Leader) Truly you are a God of majesty,

(Together) Give us hearts filled with humility before You.

(Leader) Truly you are a God of presence,

(Together) Give us hearts filled with awe.

(Leader) Truly you are a God of creative power,

(Together) Give us hearts filled with gratitude. Amen