Is 8:23-9:3; 1 Cor 1:10-13,17; Mt 4:12-23
Jesus seems to have been quite attractive to some in His day. These four hopped right up and out after Him. Others found Him too much or not enough. This is still true after all these years, some and others.
What makes Him attractive today? Some follow Him as a healer, some like His teaching. He can be seen as an option to meaninglessness of life. Some bank on Him as a guaranteed ticket into the happy beyond. For me and others I encounter, the attraction comes and goes, and the reasons for Jesus in our lives changes with how our lives are attractive to us, how we are going.
St. Vincent, as your daughters, we give thanks to the Triune God for bestowing upon you the profound holiness of life when we admire. You attained that heroic sanctity because you chose Jesus, Apostle of the Eternal Father, as your model, and fervently imitated him, having as your teacher, Mary, Queen of Apostles, whom you loved so tenderly.Thus, you have given us the very life of Jesus as the fundamental rule of the Society, so that we, too, may pursue and imitate Jesus as perfectly as possible, for the infinite glory of God and the sanctification of our selves and others. Confident of your care for us, Vincent, we ask you to bless our work as Pallottines throughout the world. Help us to encourage others to become apostles, so that soon there may be but one fold and one shepherd. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
V.Pallotti by Sr.Julitta Gołębiowska SAC; collage: Sr. Miriam Studzińska SAC