One of the scribes came up to Jesus, and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied: “This is the first: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And this is the second, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Sharing the Mission
The spiritual genius of St Vincent de Paul, lies in the success he had in marrying the two great commandments of the law. The historian, Bremond, tells us: “It is not his love of mankind which led Vincent de Paul to sanctity, but it is rather that sanctity made him truly and effectively charitable. It is not the poor who gave him to God, but God who gave him to the poor.” The dynamism, the energy, the love which Vincent manifested to the poor did not come from any doctrinaire views on politics or sociology. The source of his energy and the clarity of his spiritual vision came from his contemplation of the words and actions of Jesus Christ in the pages of the Gospel and from his daily contact with Jesus Christ in the quietness of prayer. He became convinced that, once men and women are made new through their personal dedication to Jesus Christ, a new world will follow.
“It is not the poor who give us to God, but God who gives us to the poor.” How is this reflected in your conference?
Allow extra time for quiet personal reflection and prayer this week.
(Leader) O Lord, teach us how to love God with all our soul, with
all our mind, and with all our strength,
(Together) And our neighbour as ourselves.