Intention: That all people will learn how to come together in generosity and trust to restore our spirit of community.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 17: 7-10
Jesus said to the Apostles: “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”
From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Let it be clear, then, in all your conduct towards the children who are entrusted to you that you look upon yourselves as 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, recognizing that it is God who has called you, who has destined you for this work, and who has sent you to work in his vineyard. Do this, then, with all the affection of your heart, working entirely for him.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that we should live lives of humility and service. We live in times when arrogance and greed are often confused for self-esteem and success. We pray that we might be signs of contradiction in such a world, working to answer selfishness with generosity, hard-heartedness with compassion, and mistrust with welcome. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.