Reflection 7
November 16, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third one—each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.”

Sharing the Mission

A man appeared before St Peter, who asked him, “Where are your wounds?” The man replied, “I have no wounds.” To which Peter rejoined, “Was there no passion in your life, no cause in which you spent and risked yourself that would invite scars?” Blessed Frederic Ozanam had a passion in his life - the passion for truth. He had the scars to prove it - scars sustained because of the promise he had made to God to give his life to the service of the truth. Frederic’s passion for truth manifested itself in his loving adherence to the Catholic faith; in his professional work of study, writing, and teaching; and in his ministry with other Vincentians to the needs of poor people. Frederic’s passion and mission was for truth and the service of the poor. He believed the truths of his faith were absolutes, made clearer through prayer and study. Frederic wrote, “Truth has no need of me; but I have need of it.”

Discussion

In what ways does the Mission of the Society inspire passion in your conference?

Action

This week, try and find time to give a little extra to something you are passionate about.

Prayer

(Together) O God, give us the grace to have a ‘passion’ in our life, So that we may use the talents you have given to us. O God, give us the grace to be faithful Vincentians, Walking in the footsteps of Vincent and Frederic.

(Together) Amen