Saint for the day: Vincent de Paul (1576-1660)
Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 – Psalm 88 – Luke 9:51-56
Be sure to click on the above “link” to read about Vincent de Paul. Most remarkably Vincent was by temperament a very irascible person – even his friends admitted it. He said that except for the grace of God he would have been “hard and repulsive, rough and cross.” There’s something in his story that might help us get a better handle on what it means to follow Jesus. His background fits very well with today’s Holy Gospel that has the disciples asking Jesus if they should call down fire from Heaven to wipe out the people that don’t think or believe the same way. St. Vincent says of himself that he originally thought to be a priest in order to provide himself a comfortable life. Obviously, he must have had another insight moved by the pressing needs of poor, tenant farmers. He eventually founded a religious congregation, “The Priests of the Missions” to preach to country people. He’s also responsible for helping found the Sisters of Charity – the nuns who used to wear the big, sail-like headdress. And most of us know that he founded societies to provide all kinds of help for the poor. Almost every Catholic Parish has a “St. Vincent de Paul Society. This all follows Jesus words throughout all of his ministry to take care of those who have no means to help themselves. In today’s world we don’t have to search far and wide to find those who have no one to help them with just the basic needs of life. St. Vincent de Paul: a man who took Jesus at His words. I can almost hear Jesus saying, “Wherever did you get the notion that I wanted you to call down fire on anyone who didn’t think the same as you?” “When you did it for the least of my people you did it for me.” The balls in our court! Go and do likewise! Amen!