Personal Reflection 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 4:16-19

Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been reared, and entering the synagogue on the sabbath as he was in the habit of doing, he stood up to do the reading. When the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed him, he unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore, he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good tidings of joy to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favour from the Lord.” Rolling up the scroll he gave it back to the assistant and sat down. All in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him. Then he began by saying to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your
hearing.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul’s spirituality flows from his contemplation of this Christ. The driving force that generates both the incredible activity and the gentle contemplation of this great saint is his vision of the Evangeliser of the Poor. He encourages his followers to contemplate this Christ again and again. “O how happy they will be who can repeat at the hour of their death those beautiful words of Our Lord: ‘He sent me to bring good news to the poor.’

Prayer

Gentle God, renew in us the spirit of our patron St Vincent de Paul, kindle is us the fire of your love.

Tender God, show us how to weep with those who weep, fill our hea rts with compassion and love.

Creator God, you call women and men to be Vincentians, give us eyes to see Christ in the broken and the poor. Amen