Text (Gospel Story)
When Jesus saw the crowds he went up on the mountainside…his disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them: “How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs. Blest too are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled. Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land. Blest are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill. Blest are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs. Blest are the single-hearted, for they shall see God. Blest too the peacemakers; they shall be called children of God…”
Sharing the Mission
For St Vincent de Paul, love is always very concrete, very practical. It is love in practice. “Let us love God, my brothers and sisters,” he urges, “let us love God, but let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brows.” We are called to follow Christ as servants of the poor. Servants get their hands dirty. They labor long and hard. They engage in difficult tasks, visiting the sick, feeding and serving the hungry. As St Vincent de Paul says, we must first do and then teach.
O God, your son Jesus preached the Good News to the poor,
May we continue to be effective instruments of Christ to those most in need.
O God, give us the strength and creativity we need to stand in solidarity with those who suffer, May our hearts be filled with compassion and love.
O God, you call us to be followers of St Vincent de Paul,
Grant us the grace to be “inventive to infinity” in serving the poor and suffering! Amen.