Text (Gospel Story) Luke 9:51-62
When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him…As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord let me go first and bury my father. But he answered, “Let the dead bury the dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home. To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Sharing the Mission
Jesus, on his way up to Jerusalem, sent, “messengers on ahead o f Him.” If we are to be faithful messengers of Jesus Christ, we must have grasped well the message of God. The message of Christ is caught rather than taught. Our Lord al ways manifested the gentleness and humility that we his followers must try at all t imes to show. One cannot give a message to another person unless one knows clearly what the message is. So, too, with us who are messengers of God; we must be familiar wit h and know well what it is God wants to say through us.
In your service, how can you become better ‘messengers’ of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mission??
(Leader) As disciples on the journey,
(Together) May we travel together in charity and service.
(Leader) As servants of the poor and one another,
(Together) May we reach out our hands in charity and service.
(Leader) As we bear each other’s joys and sorrows,
(Together) May we reach out our hearts in charity and service.
(Leader) As we daily embrace the call to greater intimacy with God,
(Together) May we reach out our souls in charity and service. Amen