Reflection 12

Text (Gospel Story) September 20, 2015

Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, Jesus began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” They remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest.  Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to   them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Sharing the Mission

Are we really able to hear the cries of the poor, of the most oppressed: the women and children, who are often the poorest members of society; those discriminated against because of gender, ethnicity, cultural identity, religion ... the helpless infants and the helpless aged, who are unable to speak up themselves? Are we alert, “listening,” to the “signs of the times”: the increasing gap between the rich and the poor.

Discussion

In what ways can the Society continue to be a “servant of all” by receiving the “least of all” … whose cries are the hardest to hear?

Action

As a conference, is it possible to offer a short article for the local parish on Anti- Poverty week which is held in October of each year and that the Society is part of?

Prayer

(Together)  Lord, set our hearts on fire with compassion for the “least of   all,”

So that we may suffer with those who suffer.

Lord, give us the grace to hear the cries of the poor, So that we may be a servant of the most oppressed.

Lord, help us to listen to the “signs of the times,”

So that we may respond to the call for justice in our world.