July 12th, 2015
Text (Gospel Story)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you, leave there and shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Sharing the Mission
From the beginning of the Society, the central and most basic activity of conferences has been the visitation of people in their homes. This action is the clearest symbol of the Vincentian charism which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor. It symbolises the fact that Vincentians are to reach out … and it is in the home environment that the person feels most free to entrust their stories of struggle. It is there, in the family setting, that Vincentians are asked to listen, offer humble advice and offer assistance. Vincentians always visit in pairs - “two by two”. The conference is a community, not a collection of individuals who “do their own thing”.
In your home visits, have you felt like the apostles going “two by two?”
Consider undertaking a visit this week with a member that you have not visited with before.
(Together) Jesus, as we go together on home visits, Walk with us.
Teach us to do what is right and just, And to speak the truth with courage. Teach us to embrace the stranger, And to recognise the face of Christ. Teach us to serve the poor with love,
And to treasure each other in our conference.