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 21:15-19
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Since you are obliged to help your disciples to save themselves, you must engage them to unite all their actions to those of Jesus Christ, our Lord, so that their actions, made holy by his merits and by his consecration, are able to be pleasing to God and a means of salvation for them. This is how you must teach them to benefit from the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to make effective in them the advantages and merits of his death.
Eternal Father, Jesus taught that, to love you, we must devote ourselves to serving each other. It is not always easy. There are times when we are tired or confused or distracted. Grant us the strength of body and spirit to offer ourselves as your hands in healing others, of your arms in welcoming others, of your heart in loving others. May we give great care and vigilance to all, especially those who are most in need in today’s world. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.