Intention: For greater compassion and tolerance among all people, especially in places where histories of fear and misunderstanding divide us.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 17:14-20
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus said in reply, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
We cannot be instructed in the mysteries of our holy religion unless we have the good fortune to hear about them, and we cannot have this advantage unless someone preaches the word of God. For how can people believe in someone, the Apostle says, about whom they have not heard anyone speak, and how can they hear him spoken about if no one proclaims him to them?
This is what God does by diffusing the fragrance of his teaching throughout the whole world by human ministers. Just as he commanded light to shine out of darkness, so he kindles a light in the hearts of those destined to announce his word to children, so that they may be able to enlighten those children by unveiling for them the glory of God.
Eternal Father, your Son taught us to guard against being corrupted by the lure of the empty power of the world. So often we confuse what is impressive for what is good. Open our eyes to our foolishness, so that we will look to find truth in you. May we turn away from pride and selfishness, and open our hearts to your presence and strength. Make of us again a people of faith, hope, and love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.