Text (Gospel Story) August 9, 2015
Jesus said: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life….I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Sharing the Mission
Nothing will nourish us more than focusing on God’s love, of which the cross is the symbol. The love that Jesus reveals through the symbol of the cross is: self-giving, sacrificial, forgiving, healing, unifying, loyal to one’s friends, powerless, in solidarity with the weak, confident in the power of God. As Vincentians, frequent meditation on the cross, as the symbol of God’s love for us and of our love of God, has abiding importance. Jesus’ dying love gives meaning to the many “crosses” his followers are called to bear. The following of the crucified Lord is the supreme act of faith; it is a surrender in hope and love into the incomprehensible mystery of God.
As a conference, how do you help carry the many ‘crosses’ of those you serve?
In prayer this week, lift up the burdens of the people you serve to the Lord.
(Together) Lord Jesus, through your cross and resurrection,
Fill us with your peace!
For the grace to eat the bread of life and the bread of suffering,
Fill us with your strength!
For the grace to accept the crosses in our lives,
Fill us with your love!
For the grace to be witnesses to your resurrection,