Bear Burdens of Others – Jesus Calls Us – Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Vincentian Day of Prayer and Fast
Bear Burdens of Others
It is a willingness to bear other people’s burdens, to help them carry their loads. And this applies to the moral life as well. If we lay the burden of God’s law on people, we must be willing, at the same time, to help them bear it… Vincentians, in today’s Gospel Jesus turns His sharp eye and withering critique on the many ways that religious leaders fall into corruption. What precisely is bothering Jesus? How religious leaders get their kicks from burdening people, laying the law on them heavily, making demands that are terrible, and exulting in their own moral superiority. At the core of Jesus’ program is a willingness to bear other people’s burdens, to help them carry their loads. And this applies to the moral life as well. If we lay the burden of God’s law on people, we must be willing, at the same time, to help them bear it.
Jesus Calls Us
He calls us to be servants of the poor, to bear other people’s burdens and to help them carry theirs. We are called to see Jesus in all those we serve. We need to help them bear their load. We need to pray for them before the visit, during the visit and after the visit. We should also visit with them after we have helped them and smile with them to give them hope, we are challenged by Jesus to lift those we serve from their poverty. Our calling is to meet them as we are and to lift them up and at the same time help those to bear the burden laid on them. We must remember to journey with them and allow them to see your smile as joy. We work to eliminate the poverty, but sometimes it takes longer than we think. We call on Jesus to give us strength. Let them see your joy and pray always for their salvation
Happy St. Patrick’s Day March 17
Christ before, Christ behind me. Christ in every eye that Sees. Christ in every ear that hears the Word, and every Vincentian that follows and knows God’s love for us and the poor. The shamrock is a symbol both for the Holy Trinity and St. Patrick (389-461). The shamrock is a clover plant with a yellow flower and leaflets made up of a stem with three small green leaves. The plant is very common and widely distributed throughout Ireland.