July 27, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 13:44-52
Jesus said to his disciples: “ The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all he has and buys it …”
Sharing the Mission
St Vincent de Paul wrote, “To be servants of the poor … O Mon Dieu! What a lovely title and what a beautiful description! Servants of the poor, that is just the same as to say Servants of Jesus Christ, for He regards as done to Himself what is done to them, and they are His members. And what did He do whilst on earth, but serve the poor?”
(Leader) Loving God, thank you for grace of finding the “pearl of great price, in the poor,
(Together) May we serve you in the most destitute.
(Leader) In every age you call new disciples to follow Christ,
(Together) Lead men and women to serve the poor within the Society.
(Leader) Give us strength to stand in solidarity with those who suffer,
(Together) May our hearts be filled with compassion and love.
(Leader) Give us the grace to be true “Servants of the Poor”,
(Together) Servants of Jesus Christ. (Together) Amen.
This week include a prayer for your servant leaders; members of State Council.
To hear the call to serve the poor is like finding the ‘treasure in the field’ or ‘the pearl of great price’. How did you join the Society - by searching or did someone invite you?