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 12:28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
The spread of God’s glory, then, by preaching the Gospel made up all the consolation of this great Apostle. This must also be yours, to make God and his Son, Jesus Christ, known to the flock confided to you. Oh, what glory for you to have this resemblance to that chosen vessel of election! With joy, then, say as he does that the greatest cause of your joy in this life is to proclaim the Gospel free of charge, without having it cost anything to those who hear it. It is indeed a great glory for you to instruct your disciples about the truths of the Gospel solely for the love of God. This thought made the Teacher of the Nations always find consolation and, according to the testimony he has given, filled him with overflowing joy in the midst of his afflictions. You too must consider it a great personal reward, this consolation that you feel at the bottom of your heart, that the children whom you instruct behave well, know their religion thoroughly, and live a life of piety. Thank God with all your heart for all these kinds of rewards that he gives you in advance in this life.
Eternal Father, in Jesus Christ we come to know you and your will for us in our lives. When we love as he teaches us to love, we become fully alive and fully real as your children. Help us to love as we should and to be instruments of your peace to others, especially to those who are far from the knowledge of your saving presence. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.