Reflection 1
July 6, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus exclaimed: “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Sharing the Mission

Not only will we find rest and refreshment in Christ as we move along the road of life, but He would have us learn from Him meekness and humility of heart. Gentleness and humility of heart contribute much to our peace and rest on our journey to heaven. St Vincent de Paul would wish us to be sacraments of the gentleness of Christ. Not only must we bring
strength and help to the poor, but we must put them in contact with the meekness of Jesus. That is why it is important that we should not be angry people. If there is anger in our hearts, it will be difficult for us to help the poor effectively because we will not bring to them the gentleness of Jesus.

Prayer

(Leader)        Lord, make us gentle servants,
(Together)  With eyes to see the poor.
(Leader)        Lord, make us humble servants,
(Together)  With ears to hear the cries of the poor.
(Leader)        Lord, we come to you with our labours and burdens,
(Together)  May we know your rest.

Discussion

Who are the Vincentians that have shown you how to be ‘sacraments of the gentleness of Christ’?

Action

If you find yourself becoming angry this week, give it up to the Lord.