Rejoice – we do the work of the Lord as John did.  We are not Christ, but we witness to his goodness and mercy.  For he is both here in our midst and awaiting for us at the eternal banquet.  In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he invites us to live in joy, prayer, and thanksgiving, for this is what God wants of us.  God gives us holiness in our lives through thee Holy Spirit.  One of our primary responsibilities as Christians is to show the face of Christ in our individual existence by using the gifts he gives us to their fullest extent.

As Vincentians, this compels us to reach out in charity and love to help others who are hurting – to bring God’s love and hope to them through our very presence.  We are called to be truthful and authentic in our witness and work.  We are called to make the Lord present and active in our lives, in the lives of those around us, and in the lives of those we minister to.  Am I authentic in my witness to Christ?  Do I make His presence come alive for those whom he brings before me?  Do I allow my ministry to be led and inspired by the Spirit?

Father, give me the courage to be your face to others in my life.  Grant me the grace to witness effectively and to testify to your presence and goodness.  Allow me to not ‘quench the Spirit’, but rather to be inspired by the Spirit listening always to your will for me.  I pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen

Deacon Mike