This Week’s Vincentian Reflection
TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
June 9, 2013
Gospel: (Luke 7:11-17)
Jesus went to a town called Naim, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he approached the gate of the town a dead man was being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother. A considerable crowd of townsfolk were with her. The Lord was moved with pity upon seeing her and said to her, “Do not cry.” Then he stepped forward and touched the litter; at this, the bearers halted. He said, “Young man, I bid you get up.” Then Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all and they began to praise God. “A great prophet has risen among us,” they said; and, “God has visited his people.” This was the report that spread about him throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
The grace of God is a mystery. In fact, “Everything is grace.” Perhaps because everything is grace, it is all the more mysterious to us. Sometimes, events and people in our lives may strain our faith to see how these events, these people, are graces to us. But the perspective of the years very often does enable us, especially if we are sufficiently humble, to see that these events, these people, were in fact real graces to us. If we are to rejoice in the grace of God—grace means favor, gift,—we must have eyes that see and ears that hear. And that demands a reflective heart which has a capacity for wonder. But there can be no wonder in our lives without silence, for it is only in silence that we can marvel at the grace of God, without which we can do nothing. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p. 56)
No talk or address of St. Vincent ever ended without some real, down-to-earth, practical advice, and so, following his own practice, could I suggest to you that you try to snatch more moments of reflection during the day, to cultivate silence of the heart, so that you may wonder at the grace of God that is all around us, like the air we breathe. In large measure it is the use we make of silence and reflection that makes us the sort of persons we are becoming. To dig continually a well of silence in our lives is to have an assurance that the living water of God’s grace will keep springing up, especially when we need it to help the poor who thirst for God’s grace and kindness, and seek it from our hands and lips and hearts. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p. 56)
Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)
In what ways have you found time for silence and reflection in your life?
Jesus, you call us to be your disciples,
-may we be your true servants.
Jesus, show us how to find time for silence and reflection,
-give us eyes to see your grace all around us.
Jesus, give us the spirit of wonder,
-so that we will know that “all is grace”. Amen