The Power of Going Empty Handed
Malvern Minute

 

September 27, 2017 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (9:1-6)

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.

He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.

Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Reflect: He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Proclaiming God’s Kingdom and healing the sick was a primary work of the Apostles. Interestingly, how did Jesus send them out? “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.” To ensure that they are doing the work of God (and not their own) and proclaiming God’s Kingdom (rather than their own agenda), Jesus commands them to take nothing with them; but rather, to trust entirely on Divine Providence.  As disciples, Jesus asks that we trust him unwaveringly. To the world, this may seem crazy; however, our loving and merciful God asks that we believe in his promise that he will provide whatever necessary for the carrying out of his work. Today, the Church commemorates Saint Vincent de Paul, a deeply committed advocate for the poor and marginalized. The many apostolates that Saint Vincent initiated in the 17th century continue today through the work of committed lay and vowed religious missionary disciples who witness to the Kingdom of God while trusting that in serving the poor, God will provide.

Questions: Do I believe that through my baptism God is calling me to proclaim his Kingdom in the world today? How well do I trust that, if I put myself entirely in the hands of God, he will use me to do great works for the building up of his Kingdom? Who are the poor and marginalized that God is asking me to minister to; and can I put my fears aside to answer that call?

Pray: Loving God, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give me a courageous heart to trust that you will use me in whatever way, in whichever place and at any time that you see fit to make your presence known to the world.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Vincent de Paul: Pray for us!

Born of a humble peasant family in Pouy, France, Vincent found his calling in ministry to the poor and abandoned. He founded the lay Confraternity of Charity (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul), the Daughters of Charity together with Saint Louise de Marillac, and the Congregation of the Missions (the Vincentians). Today, the Vincentians number more than 3,800 members who are also mission preachers and seminary educators. During his lifetime, Vincent ministered to the sick, prisoners, orphans, prostitutes, slaves, beggars, and a multitude of outcasts. He died in Paris in 1630. He is the patron of all works of charity, of hospitals and prisoners.

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