Reflection 9 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 14:1, 7-14

Jesus said to them, “When you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then he said to the host who had invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters, or your relatives or your wealthy neighbours, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul asks his followers to be humble, loving servants of the poor. We know that he gave great importance to humility in all that we d o for the poor. He did so because that was his conviction and the fruit of his own medita tion on the manner of life lived by Jesus. St Vincent de Paul was also convinced that it was all-important that the poor would feel at ease in our presence. What we do for the po or must come, not only
from a loving but also from a humble heart. In a very striking sentence at the end of one of his conferences, St Vincent de Paul shares the conviction that however charitable we
may be, if we are not humble, we do not have real charity.

Discussion

As a conference, how do we live our core value of humility in t he spirit of
St Vincent de Paul?

Prayer

(Leader) O God, through Christ, the merciful Servant,

(Together) Give us a loving and humble heart.

(Leader) O God, through Christ, the humble Servant,

(Together) Give us a loving and humble heart.

(Leader) O God, through Christ, the loving Servant,

(Together) Give us a loving and humble heart. Amen