Reflection 2
February 8, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 1:29-39

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to Jesus all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

Sharing the Mission

There is a balance in the activity of Jesus. There is prayer: liturgical prayer in the synagogue, and that is balanced by private prayer. There is hard work, and that is balanced by rest and relaxation with his apostles. We, as Vincentians, must have that same balance in our lives. St Vincent de Paul wanted us to pray privately and to pray together: to work and to take time to be together in community. If we blend prayer, work and conference life properly, then we will be balanced and effective Vincentians after the heart of St Vincent de Paul.

Discussion

In your lives as Vincentians, how can you ensure a balance between prayer, service, community and family life?

Action

As a new year begins, be mindful of the balance between, prayer, service, community and family life.

Prayer

(Together)  For the grace to pray
privately and to pray
together, Lord, hear us!
For the grace to serve the poor with dedication and faithfulness,
Lord, hear us!
For the grace to support and care for each other in our Conference,
Lord, hear us!
For the grace to be balanced and effective Vincentians after the heart of St Vincent,
Lord, hear us!
(Together)  Amen.