Intention: That God will continue to bless us the Lasallian Family with opportunities to serve all persons, especially those most in need, in the spirit of humility, compassion and joy.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 12:1-12
Jesus told this parable to the chief priests, scribes and elders: “A man planted a vineyard, then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect his share of the produce. But they seized the man, beat him and sent him away. So another servant was sent to them who also was beaten and treated shamefully. Finally, the man sent to them his own son, thinking, ‘They will respect my son’. But those tenants said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him and killed him. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and make an end of those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read the scriptures: ‘It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the cornerstone’?”
From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Let it be clear, then, in all your conduct toward the children who are entrusted to you, that you regard yourselves as the ministers of God, carrying out your ministry with love and a sincere and true zeal, accepting with much patience the difficulties you have to suffer, willing to be despised by men and to be persecuted, even to give your life for Jesus in the fulfillment of your ministry. The zeal that ought to inspire you is meant to give you these dispositions, so that you recognize that it is God who has called you, who has destined you for this work, and who has sent you to labor in his vineyard. Do this, then, with all the affection of your heart, working entirely for him.
God our Father, you have called us to be your people, a consecrated community. You have made us the caretakers of your word, a place of light in the midst of darkness. Yet, we know that we often do not live up to this calling, that we sin against you through our actions or through our neglect, especially in how we treat one another. As we contemplate what it means to welcome your word into our lives, help us to turn away from all that is faithless and wrong. Strengthen us to live lives that embrace only what is good and right, lives that say yes to your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.