Reflection 5

Text (Gospel Story) August 2, 2015

Jesus said “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the   one he sent.” … “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never  thirst.”

Sharing the Mission

As St Vincent De Paul says, first do and then teach  ... performing the works of justice, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, helping to find the cause of their hunger and thirst and the ways of alleviating them, through the language of relationships, being with the poor, working with them, forming a community that shows the Lord’s love for all.

Discussion

As a Vincentian, in what way do you give of yourselves “as bread from Heaven” to those you serve; in words or in practical action?

Action

Your service to people in need cannot be done alone. Consider inviting a local service to a conference meeting to talk about how you can better work together.

Prayer

(Together)  Lord, set our hearts on fire with compassion for the poor,

So that we may witness to your love through our works.

Lord, fill us with your love and forgiveness,

So that we may give ourselves to others as bread from heaven. Lord, give us the grace to create communities of faith,

So that we may be with and work with those who are poor. (Together)  Amen.