Reflection 12

Text (Gospel Story) December 20th, 2015 

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be   fulfilled.”

Sharing the Mission

The mystery of the Incarnation was the permanent inspiration of St Vincent de Paul’s   life. It must be ours, too.  We shall only fully see Christ in the poor when we have fully seen God in Christ.  That is why all that we do and say will have meaning only if it is born of our relationship with Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man. What we bring to the poor must be more than a program for the betterment of their material and economic condition. We must bring something of the peace, the joy and the spiritual freedom which we ourselves have experienced from being present to Jesus Christ through prayer and the sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance.

Discussion

Share how your conference has brought a little extra peace and joy to those you assisted this Advent.

Action

On Christmas Day as you give thanks for everything you have, perhaps remember those throughout the year whom your conference has assisted who have less.

Prayer

(Leader) As we prepare for Christmas we pray for those who live in doubt,

(Together)  May our lives be a sign of

faith.

(Leader) We pray for those who live in fear and oppression,

(Together)  May our lives be a sign of

hope.

(Leader) We pray for those who do not experience God’s love,

(Together)  May our lives be a sign of

charity. (Together)  Amen.