St Vincent de Paul Society

Reflection 9
March 29, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 12:12-16

When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written: Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt. His disciples did not understand this at first, but when Jesus had been glorified they remembered that these things were written about him and that they had done this for him.

Sharing the Mission

The essence of discipleship is that we carry his cross. Disciples go wherever the Master goes. Coming to understand who Jesus is, his mission, and how that relates to us his disciples is not an easy task; it takes a lifetime. Like Jesus, to be faithful followers by taking up our cross means we will feel this in the depths of our humanity: we will suffer, we will lose heart, we will cry out to God to take life’s miserable lot away from us. But also like Jesus we have divine life which gives us the strength to carry our cross. It is divine life pulsating within us – which we first receive at our baptism – that raises up our humanity enabling us to be faithful disciples carrying our crosses.

Discussion

As a conference, how do you share the ‘crosses’ carried by our friends in need?

Action

This week before your visits, take a moment to pray:
Lord, where two or three are gathered in your name you are in our midst. Walk with us now as we journey into the homes of the people we visit today. Be our support as we are your hands, feet and heart. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus.

(Together)  As we enter the mystery of the passion of Christ, may our hearts be touched anew by the depth of his love, and so we pray:
Christ, our Savior, hear our prayer.
That this Holy Week may deepen our understanding of the cross,
Christ, our Savior, hear our prayer.
For all who suffer injustice and abuse, may we help them carry their cross,
Christ, our Savior, hear our prayer.
(Together) Amen.