Reflection 8
March 22, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 12:20-33

Jesus answered them, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit…Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honour whoever serves me.”

Sharing the Mission

If Jesus stands at the center of Vincentian spirituality, the poor stand next to him.  Jesus’ words, “You always will have the poor with you,” are the reason for being for Vincentian existence.  Blessed Frederic Ozanam said: “Sons of St Vincent de Paul, let us learn of him to forget ourselves, to devote ourselves to the service of God and the good of men. Let us learn of him that holy preference which shows most love to those who suffer most.” Mercy is a facet of charity that calls us, first to identify in spirit with our suffering brothers and sisters. Mercy calls also for outward signs and actions. We weep with those who weep, we rejoice with those who rejoice. We empathise; we reach out in compassion.

Discussion

As Vincentians, what do you understand ‘servant leadership’ to be?

Action

This week include a prayer for the leaders of the Society.

Prayer

(Leader)    Jesus, we seek refuge in your loving heart and so we pray:
(Together)  Jesus, keep us close to you. (Leader)    For the grace to be your servant, (Together)  Jesus, keep us close to you.
(Leader)    For all members of the Society who model a life of service,
(Together)  Jesus, keep them close to you.
(Leader)    For our families and friends who teach us how to be compassionate,
(Together)  Jesus, keep them close to you.
(Leader)    For all those who are suffering, especially the sick and the dying,
(Together)  Jesus, keep them close to you.
(Together) Amen.