Intention: That, as disciples of Christ, we, too, may welcome into our lives the stranger, the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, and the marginalized.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that because you must work in your ministry for the building of the Church on the foundation which has been laid by the holy Apostles, by the instruction you are giving to the children whom God has entrusted to your care and who are entering into the construction of this building, you must do your work as the Apostles carried out their ministry.
As told in the Acts of the Apostles, every day, both in the Temple and in homes, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming Jesus Christ. It followed that every day the Lord increased the number of faithful and the union of those who were being saved.
The zeal that the holy Apostles had to announce the teaching of Jesus Christ caused the number of disciples to increase, so they chose seven deacons to distribute alms to the faithful and take care of their other needs, so greatly did these holy Apostles fear to encounter any obstacles able to distract them from preaching the word of God.
Eternal Father, your Son spent his earthly life calling all people to come to know you. Today, there are still so many who are out of touch with your ways. Open our eyes to see you and our hearts to know you, and help our poor faith in our times of struggle. Teach us to be channels of your presence, especially to those who are farthest from your peace. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.