St Vincent de Paul Society

First Sunday of Lent

U D P

Reflection 4
February 22, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Sharing the Mission

Vincentians are called to holiness by striving to conform ourselves to Jesus, doing God’s will, and devoting ourselves to the service of God’s suffering and poor. The St Vincent de Paul Society is composed of women and men who seek personal holiness by works of charity. In this essential way, the Society differs from charitable associations or agencies whose principal objective is not the spiritual advancement of their members but the doing of good for others.

Discussion

How can your conference further support the spiritual advancement of members?

Action

This week find an opportunity to read or listen to the words of Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, about Christian spirituality in today’s world.

Prayer

(Together)  Jesus, model of prayer,
Lead us into silence and prayer. Jesus, model of compassion, Give us merciful hearts.
Jesus, model of meekness and mildness,
Make us gentle and humble of heart.
Jesus, model of proclaiming God’s kingdom,
Transform us so that we can extend your kingdom.