Reflection 2
October 12, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 22:1-10

Jesus said: “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come ... The king then said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find’. The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Sharing the Mission

St Vincent de Paul wrote, “In our calling, we are patterned more closely to Our Lord Jesus Christ, who, it would seem, made it his principal task to assist and care for the poor: “He sent me to preach good news to the poor.” If somebody asked Our Lord, “Why did you come on earth?” He would answer: “To assist the poor...” And so, are we not then the happiest of people to be part of the Mission for the very same reason that moved God to become one of us?”

Discussion

How have you come to realise that service to the poor is a call from God?

Action

Before your visits this week, remember the Lord’s call and our Mission ... to assist the poor.

Prayer

(Leader) Called and chosen as followers of Jesus, we stand with those struggling to embrace their dignity as children of God. For them we pray,

(Together) God of mercy, hear our prayer.

(Leader) For those who love without measure, yet feel unloved by others,

(Together) God of mercy, hear our prayer.

(Leader)

For those who give to other, yet are deprived of basic needs,

(Together) God of mercy, hear our prayer.

(Leader) For those who strive for justice, yet endure persecution for their efforts,

(Together) God of mercy, hear our prayer.

(Together) Amen.