Our second reading this week talks about the many parts of one body.  We are all part of the body and all have equal roles to play.  We all support the one body – the Church united as the bride of Christ to give glory, honor and praise to God our Father.  In our Gospel, Jesus announces that the “Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” as he has “been anointed by the Spirit to bring glad tidings to the poor.”  Jesus’s mission is the body to which we are all united through our baptism and confirmation, where we too are anointed by the Spirit.

As Vincentians, we are called to fulfill our mission, united to Christ Jesus in His, anointed by the Spirit, bringing glad tidings to the poor.  We are called to come in humility, connecting ourselves to the mission of Christ, and acting as one body, sharing the love and hope of Christ with all.  Through our witness and with great passion, we fulfill our call by giving glory to God through the care we give to those in need.  Do I offer myself in service, with great humility, that God may use me to fulfill His will?  Am I always aware of both my role and the roles of other Vincentians in building up the body of Christ?  Do those I serve recognize Christ through my service to them?

Father, grant me the passion of Pentecost, that I might embrace the love and care for the poor which Christ calls me to.  Unite me to His mission with a humility of service, acceptance and gladness in the work you bring me to.  Allow me to fulfill my role as a part of the whole body that I might help to build up the kingdom of God.  I  pray all of this in your Son’s name.  Amen

Deacon Mike