This week we hear the beginning of John’s Bread of Life discourse.  It starts with the miracle story of the feeding of the five thousand.  It points to the fact that it is God himself who cares for all of our needs.  He goes to whatever length necessary – even the sacrifice of His own son – to give us what we need.  And through Jesus, he provides us life giving nourishment.

As Vincentians, we not only provide food to those who are in need, but we also provide for whatever needs they might have.  We are reminded through these readings though, that we are not the source of their care.  We are the vehicle through whom God works.  We need to continually discern his will for those we minister to as well as ourselves.  And we need to humbly recognize that we can do nothing without his help and inspiration.  Do I seek God’s will in all decisions?  Do I recognize God as the source of all that I do?

Lord Jesus, grant me the humility to recognize that with you, all things are possible and that without you, I can do nothing.  Help me to always discern your will for those I minister to.  Use me in serving those in need, to be an instrument of your care for them.   We pray all of this in your name.  Amen

Deacon Mike