Reflection 4

Text (Gospel Story) July 26, 2014

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples … When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” … One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” So they reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”

Sharing the Mission

For St Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam, there is only one love. The love of God and the love of the neighbour are one and the same love. It is our love in response to God’s love for us. Since the loving God cannot be seen but must be experienced through loving people ... for Vincent and Frederic, as for Jesus, love is practical ... Vincentians are about loving. Vincentians are concerned with the practice and exercise of the virtue of charity ... loving God above all things and our neighbour as ourselves for the love of   God.

Discussion

What drew you to join the Society? Faith? Practical service? Justice? Or something else?  What keeps you in the Society?

Action

Consider visiting or contacting a member that has been unable to attend a meeting for some time.

Action

(Together)  Lord, draw our hearts away from selfishness,

Turn our lives to loving service.

Lord, may we bring the bread of hope to the poor, Teach us to serve you in those who suffer.

Lord, may we come to know the abundance of your love, Give us compassionate hearts.

(Together)  Amen.