Reflection 1

Text (Gospel Story) February 7, 2016 

After he had finished speaking, Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the deep waterand lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing…when Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him…Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

Sharing the Mission

The holiness of St Vincent de Paul and of each one of us in the last analysis is a gift of God. The holiness of a Saint is a sharing in the holiness of God himself, and we recognise holiness when we see the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness.

Discussion

As a conference, how do you see the presence of God in one another?

Prayer

(Leader) O God, there are those who do not know your presence,

(Together) May our lives be a sign of faith for them.

(Leader) O God, there are those who live in fear and doubt,

(Together) May our lives be a sign of hope for them.

(Leader) O God, there are those who do not experience your love,

(Together) May our lives be a sign of love for them.

(Leader) O God, there are those who are poor and oppressed by others,

(Together) May our lives be a sign of justice for them. Amen