Intention: For all of the students who will be graduating from Lasallian schools, that they may be blessed with fulfilling futures, living their lives as instruments of God’s loving and saving presence to the world.
Today’s Gospel | John 17:11b-19
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You cooperate with God in his work, says Saint Paul, and the souls of the children whom you teach are the field that God cultivates through you. Because he is the One who has given you the ministry you exercise, when all of you appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, each will give his own account to God of what he has done as a minister of God and as a dispenser of his mysteries for children.
Jesus Christ, having been appointed by God to be your judge, will say to you, as the owner said to his manager, Give me an account of your administration. He will then look into the very depths of your heart to examine whether you have been faithful managers of the wealth he has entrusted to you and the talents he has given you to work in his service. The good or the bad use you have made of these gifts will then become clear, for the Lord, who judges you, will unveil what is most hidden and most secret in the depths of your heart.
Eternal Father, Jesus prayed that you would keep us together as one in him. May we stay steadfast and grounded in you, learning the lessons that we need to stay on the right path. Help us to be faithful stewards of the gifts that you have given us and shepherds of those who you have entrusted to our care. May we persevere through troubles and setbacks, our hope unshaken and our spirits strong. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.