Reflection 10

Text (Gospel Story) December 6th, 2015 

The word of God was spoken to John in the desert. He went about the entire region of the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins, as is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A herald’s voice in the desert, crying, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be leveled.  The windings shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.”

Sharing the Mission

God speaks to us in all sorts of ways: through Scriptures, through his Church, but also through all the events, great and small, that happen to us. Since most of our lives are made up of very ordinary tasks which we must do each day, it is in these especially that the voice of the Lord is to be heard. We make the mistake so often of expecting God to speak to us through some great event or happening when, in fact, all the time He is speaking to us in all the small events of each day. For all of us, it would be a great grace if, in all the circumstances of our lives, in all that we do, in accepting all that happens to us, pleasant and unpleasant, we could say, “It is the Lord.” St Vincent de Paul recommends that “when something unexpected happens to us in body or mind, good or bad, we are to accept it without fuss as from God’s loving hand.” If we could live that ideal of Vincent, we would have great peace in our lives.

Discussion

What unexpected happenings has the conference “accepted without fuss as from God’s loving hand?”

Action

Appreciate the unexpected this week.

Prayer

(Leader)       Come Lord Jesus, give us the grace to,

(Together) Accept all events as “coming from God’s loving hand.”

(Leader)       Come Lord Jesus, give us the grace to,

(Together) “Make ready the way of the Lord.”

(Leader)       As we eagerly await your

coming, come to all people

(Together) Especially the poor and the forgotten.

(Together)  Amen.