Doubts – God’s Infinite Goodness

by | Sep 12, 2016 | Formation, Reflections, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Doubts – God’s Infinite Goodness – Living in Christ – Healing gift/Bread of Life

Vincentian Day of Prayer and Fast, Repost from April 2013


Do you ever have them? It is truly characteristic for us to question everything. We receive information instantly on Google and we sometimes don’t trust that either. For many of us, it is often our greatest form of information. So, we can understand Thomas’ reaction to the return of Jesus. “Unless I see the wounds . . . ., I will not believe!” We often have doubts in our service. We too, question the disasters and incidences that befall some people and we question their honesty or management skills and forget that part of changing who they are and why they are there is up to us. Yes, their pain and wounds are real. Look deeper and pray and look for solutions to lift them up. Do not doubt the wounds.

God’s Infinite Goodness…

…is there for all of us. God is bigger than we can ever know or even begin to understand. His mercy and love is beyond our capacity to understand and know. Think of the Gospels of love. Jesus was with the woman who would have been stoned to death. Jesus on the cross asked God to forgive those who crucified Him because they did not know what they were doing. We too, are called to forgive the sins of others and especially those we are trying to lift into a better life in God’s infinite love and goodness. Saint Augustine wrote, “There is no more profitable occupation for the soul than to meditate daily on the Passion of Our Lord.”

Living in Christ…

…who is the perfect role model, is what we strive to mimic. We need to be alive in Christ from the moment our plans begin until it is done. We need to take the time to listen and be obedient. Sometimes we are moved from our comfort zone, but we know He is the guide and has the instruction book. Our many obstacles will be cleared if we are obedient. He always shows us the right path and new ways to journey with others. He is alive in us and we are alive in Him. Keep his light in our hearts, so we may also show others the way.

Healing Gift and Bread of Life,

this is the never ending sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the Son and Lamb of God. God gave us His Son to heal us always. It was a great sacrifice that continues forever. We are called to be servants as Vincentian and our Lord who came as a servant stands before us and is only a prayer away. We are so blessed to have the Eucharist because we know He is present in it. We become united through His flesh and blood. We become renewed each time we take the Bread of life. “Christianity is not a new philosophy or morality. We are Christians only if we encounter Christ . . . only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians.” Pope Benedict XVI. Let us encounter Him each day in those we serve.