Reflection 1 

Gospel Reading Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “…Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending the sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.”

Sharing the Mission

We are called to be servants of the poor. The faith-filled person does not judge or condemn others. The faith-filled person sees Jesus in the other and responds to the situation with Jesus’ love and mercy. Faith is faithfulness in action. And, mercy, says Vincent, is the “proper attribute of God himself.” Mercy is a f acet of charity that calls us, first to identify in spirit with the other person. As St Vincent de Paul observed, “Heart and
hand should go together as far as possible.” He urges, “Weep with your poor and your sick. God has appointed you to be their consolation … Serve the poor with gentleness, compassion and love.”

Discussion 

How is our Vincentian service filled with mercy, where heart and hand go together?

Prayer

(Leader) Lord, increase our faith,

(Together) Give us compassionate hearts filled with mercy.

(Leader) Lord, give us the grace to weep with those we serve,

(Together) Forgive us the times when we judged or condemned them.

(Leader) Lord, may we bring consolation to those who are suffering,

(Together) May our heart and hand always go together. Amen