Reflection 1
February 1, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 1:21-28

Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach.  The people were spellbound by his teaching because he taught with authority and not like the scribes. There appeared in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit that shrieked: “What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”  Jesus rebuked him sharply: “Be quiet! Come out of the man!” At that the unclean spirit convulsed the man violently and with a loud shriek came out of him. All who looked were amazed.  They began to ask one another: “What does this mean? A completely new teaching in a spirit of authority! He gives orders to unclean spirits and they obey him!” From that point on his reputation spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Sharing the Mission

The little word “remember” is at the heart of our greatest prayer, the Mass. The Mass is the great prayer in which along with Jesus we ask God the Father to remember the life, sufferings, death and resurrection of His only Son. Christians gather together and offer Mass, renewing again and again the great act of “remembering”, while at the same time making present again the offering that Jesus made of Himself on the cross. What would the world be like if it did not have the Sacrifi of the Mass? Always remember that there is no grace, no joy, no good thing in this world that has not come to us through Jesus Christ.

Discussion

Share examples of ‘good works’ in your conference.

Action

In prayer this week, remember and give thanks to Vincentians who are no longer with us for their service.

Prayer

(Together) Christ, healer of hearts,
Teach us compassion for others.
Christ, maker of peace,
Help us bring peace to all people.
Christ, the light of life,
Show us the path of life.
Together) Amen.