Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Vincent de Paul (1580-1660)
Vincent de Paul made a decision to serve the poor that changed his life and changed the world. He was born in France in 1581 into a peasant family. He progressed rapidly in school, and was ordained a priest at the age of 19. By 1613 he became an influential tutor for the rich and powerful Gondi family. During this time he also served as a village pastor. In ministering to the people of his parish, he became increasingly aware of the needs of the many poor and sick. He made a commitment to respond. Throughout many villages Saint Vincent de Paul formed organized groups dedicated to helping those in need. His work also included ministering to prisoners and changing miserable prison conditions. He founded the religious community known as the Vincentians to serve the poor, and along with Saint Louise de Marillac he founded the Daughters of Charity for the same purpose. He established orphanages and opportunities for education and employment. He organized drives to fund his efforts, inspiring some to sell their jewels. Inspired by Saint Vincent de Paul's work, Frederic Ozanam founded the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in 1833 as an association of laypeople dedicated to serving the poor in their communities. Today there are over 1,000 chapters of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society throughout the United States, and almost a million members worldwide. Saint Vincent de Paul shows us the impact of one person's decision to make a preferential option for the poor. His feast day is September 27. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth")
Saint Vincent de Paul was, above all, devoted to following Jesus through serving the poor. Saint after saint emphasizes the importance of attending to the needs of the poor. Yet, as a society and as Christians, we so often find rationalizations which allow us to shirk our responsibility to the poor. Saint Vincent de Paul reminds us that it is truly incumbent upon Christians to, in whatever their capacity, serve those less fortunate than themselves.
Dear Jesus, help me to recognize and follow through with opportunities to help those who could benefit from my assistance.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading 1: Ez 18:25-28
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14.
Reading 2: Phil 2:1-11 Or 2:1-5
Alleluia: Jn 10:27
Gospel: Mt 21:28-32View complete readings on USCCB.org