Text (Gospel Story) September 27, 2015
John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we tried to stop him because he is not of our company.” Jesus said in reply: “Do not try to stop him. No man who performs a miracle using my name can at once speak ill of me. Anyone who is not against us is with us. Anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ will not, I assure you, go without his reward. But it would be better if anyone who leads astray one of these simple believers were to be plunged in the sea with a great millstone fastened around his neck.”
Sharing the Mission
It is difficult to see Christ in the poor. Sometimes, it is even more difficult to see him in someone in our own conference. Our Lord keeps saying to us: If you find it difficult to see Christ in the poor or in a member in your own conference, begin by trying to be Christ to such people: to say nothing, to do nothing which Christ would not say or do. That calls for faith. Let us not be discouraged at our failures in our service of the poor or by our failures in fraternal charity. With the grace of Jesus Christ we must keep trying.
As a conference, how can you better create opportunities to recognise and celebrate member’s contributions?
Perhaps, this week, you could take the time to visit retired members of the conference.
(Together) For the grace to be true
Vincentians, we pray:
Lord, help us to find you in the poor and in each other.
For the grace to be open and honest with each other,
For the grace to let go of our prejudice and judgmental attitudes,
Lord, teach us how to forgive each other.