Text (Gospel Story) Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “… Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’…In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
Sharing the Mission
The story of St Vincent de Paul’s life is the story of continual conversion to discipleship. Vincent’s life is a story of continual turning towards Someone. That Someone is the person of Jesus Christ as He is made known in the Gospel. Vincent kept turning towards Jesus and towards the poor. That must also become the story of our life. St Vincent de Paul often gave his followers a guiding principle in the practice of frequently stopping
during the day in order to ask the simple question: “What would Jesus Christ do or say if He were in the circumstances in which I find myself now?”
What would happen in our conference if we would always asked th e question “What would Jesus Christ do or say…?”
(Leader) Jesus, you are the faithful disciple of God,
(Together) May we help to carry the burdens of others.
(Leader) Jesus, you carried your cross with faith and trust,
(Together) May we patiently endure times of suffering.
(Leader) Jesus,give us the grace to always ask the question,
(Together) “What would Jesus do or say if He were here?” Amen