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St. Vincent de Paul

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

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Jesus "called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority to overcome all demons and to cure diseases." —Luke 9:1

When Jesus sent us out, He gave us power, authority, a partner, and a message. He took away our transportation, luggage, food, money, and extra clothes (Lk 9:3). He did not make reservations for us at the Holiday Inn but said: "Stay at whatever house you enter and proceed from there" (Lk 9:4).

When we send people out, we usually provide for their lodging, meals, expenses, and transportation. However, often we fail to give them power and authority in the Spirit. Our practices seem the opposite of Jesus' ways. No wonder we don't have the same results as Jesus did. The reason we contradict Jesus' words here is due to our lack of trust. We just don't trust God enough to get in on His way of doing things. We trust our own judgment rather than Him. Our approach is not bearing fruit and yet we hold on to it for lack of trust.

"Every word of God is tested" (Prv 30:5). We should "add nothing to His words" (Prv 30:6). Yet we do our own thing, thinking we have a better idea, while depriving ourselves of the power, blessings, and fruitfulness of His promises.

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me for trusting myself more than You.

Promise:  "He is a Shield to those who take refuge in Him." —Prv 30:5

Praise:  St. Vincent de Paul, with great charity, strove to meet both the spiritual and physical needs of the poor.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 26, 2006

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