Reflection 4
October 26, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul wrote “Let us love God, my brothers, let us love God. But let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”

Discussion

Recall two attempts that you made to be helpful to someone, one of which worked and the other which did not.

Action

In your visits this week, if an offer of advice isn’t accepted by the person you are assisting, remind them that the Society’s door is always open.

Prayer

(Leader) We have given ourselves to the service of our sisters and brothers. Mindful of our need for grace, we pray:

(Together) Jesus, help us to “love God with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.”

(Leader) So many are hungry and have no means of support,

(Together) May we respond with generosity and availability.

(Leader) The sick and the poor wait for healing,

(Together)May we respond with generosity and availability.

(Leader)To those who are saddened by the burdens of life,

(Together) May we respond with generosity and availability.

(Leader) For the grace to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves,

(Together) May we respond with generosity and availability.

(Together) Amen