Intention: For a deeper awareness of and concern for the plight of homeless and displaced persons throughout the world, that all might work to eradicate their suffering and its causes.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 12:18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, if someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants. So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.”
From the Meditation on Saint Norbert | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Because you are obliged by your state to instruct children, you must be powerfully motivated by the Christian spirit in order to procure this spirit for them. Your conduct must be very edifying, so that you are able to be a model for those whom you are appointed to teach. They must be able to learn from your recollection the self-control that they ought to practice. They must see in your wisdom how they ought to behave.
Eternal Father, your Son came to open our minds and hearts to the sound of your voice and to the grace of your call. There are many times when we hear you but do not understand you. There also are times when we take ourselves so far from you that we no longer even hear you. Fill us with the faith and zeal to listen for you with our whole being, and grant us the courage to answer you and to follow wherever you lead. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.