Wednesday, September 27, 2006

25th Wednesday in Ordinary Time (II)
Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul
Centered on the Word

Readings: Proverbs 30:5-9; Psalm 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163; Luke 9:1-6

God’s Word figures prominently again in the readings today. The speaker in the first reading is concerned that he make no addition to God’s Word, and that neither poverty nor wealth distract him from being wholly centered on God’s Word. It is in this same spirit that Jesus sends out his disciples in the gospel. Nothing spare is taken. Why? Is it not because they bring with them the teachings of Jesus, the Word of God, the very presence of God? And, like the speaker in the first reading, Jesus wishes that they make no addition to God’s Word. Jesus wishes that they find their sustenance and their hope in Him alone – even when their efforts do not receive the desired response. And the nature of their ministry also demands that they remain so centered. How else can they see in the needy the face of the One who sends? How else can they meet the urgent needs of those to whom they are sent? It is fitting too that we celebrate today the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, who was so zealous in his service to the poor and the needy, and who found in them the Word in whom we all can take refuge.

We might consider today those to whom we are sent – those for whom we bear a God-given responsibility of care and concern. And for their sakes, as well as our own, we pray in the words of the psalmist: may the Word of God continue to be the light for our steps this day.

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