Reflection 7

Text (Gospel Story) November 15th, 2015 

Jesus said: “In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels   and

gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of   the sky. Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you will know that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see   these

things happening, know that he is near, at the gates … Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass  away.”

Sharing the Mission

“On the journey of life, we must make choices. Our instincts, our selfishness, our pride will often suggest to us to follow them. It is an easier road. But Christ, His Church and our consciences suggest another way. It may be difficult and demand much effort, but that effort will bring with it a peace and contentment that money will not buy. Do we take the easy, downhill road in every choice we make? Sometimes we need to apply the   brakes to downhill movements in our lives and try to change direction and to change gears. We do that by allowing Jesus to have a greater say in our lives, in our decisions, and in our thoughts.”

Discussion

In your conference, in what ways do you keep your Vincentian spirituality alive?

Action

Consider praying each day this week: O God, you favoured Frederic Ozanam with gifts of grace as husband and father, educator, defender of the faith, as founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Through his example and prayers may we too be faithful in following the path in which you have called us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer

(Leader)       Jesus, our light,

(Together)  Guide us in our decisions.

(Leader)       Jesus, our joy,

(Together)  Guard us in our choices.

(Leader)       Jesus, our life, (Together) Root us in your words. (Together)  Amen.