Reflection 1

Text (Gospel Story) October 4, 2015 

People were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hand on them.

Sharing the Mission

Simplicity “is the virtue I love most.” In St Vincent de Paul’s eyes, Jesus is utterly simple - like a child. He speaks the truth. He says things as they are. His intentions are pure, referring all things in life to God. To Vincent, simplicity meant genuineness and transparency. Vincent always knew that all good comes from God and he acknowledged his own limitedness and sinfulness. Vincent lived with an exuberant confidence in God’s forgiveness and love.”

Discussion

In what ways can you bring the virtue of simplicity to the people that you serve, whose lives are often burdened with despair and worry?

Action

In personal prayer this week, reflect and meditate on the virtue of simplicity.

Prayer

(Leader) Those who walk with simplicity proclaim the steadfast love of our God. In trust,

we pray,

(Together) Lord, give us genuine and transparent hearts.

(Leader) Make us open and trusting like children,

(Together) Lord, heal our “hardness of heart.

(Leader) Teach us to let go of the baggage that has developed in our lives,

(Together) Lord, help us to live with confidence in your forgiveness.

(Leader) Give us the joy and openness of a child,

(Together) Lord, may we find you in our service to those who are poor.

(Together) Amen.