Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflection 13 for June 29 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me….And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple - amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

Prayer

 (Together) O God, you inspire the followers of Vincent to be virtuous,

(Together) Help us to serve always with respect and gentleness.

(Together) O God, you inspire the followers of Vincent to be servants of the poor,

(Together) Send us out in humility, simplicity and charity.

(Together) Amen.

Sharing the Mission

To St Vincent de Paul, a life of virtue was no accident. God gives the grace, but human effort is required to cultivate the virtue. Habits of charity, hopefulness, and justice are built, not just wished into being. Vincent knew that good intentions were insufficient responses to God’s grace. Virtue - a good habit, an inner readiness to accomplish moral good – had to become part of the fabric of life. For instance, by acting patiently over and over in trying situations, a person may learn patience. Virtues such as patience are important in the full living of the Christian life. Vincent constantly made concrete suggestions about how to develop virtue. From hard experience, he knew that defin ite dispositions had to be cultivated into the heart of the servant if the Gospels were to come alive through his or her hands.

Discussion

How do you nurture and grow Vincentian values within your conference?

Action

In this busy world, take the time to reflect on the Vincentian virtues before your visits.