Intention: That all people will learn how to come together in generosity and trust to restore our nation’s spirit of community.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You must not be satisfied with keeping the children in your care from doing evil. You must also lead them to practice well all the good of which they are capable. Take care of this, then, and see to it that they always speak the truth and that when they want to affirm something, they limit themselves to saying that it is or is not so.
You must encourage them, in accord with the teaching of Jesus Christ, not only to be satisfied with doing good actions but also to avoid doing them before others in order to be esteemed and honored, because those who act this way have already received their reward.
Eternal Father, you are the maker of all things. Everything and everyone is a reflection of your love and perfection. Still, we often corrupt this goodness with careless or selfish words and actions. Lord, help us to see the sacredness of your creation, holding it as a temple of your presence. May we give to each other only compassion and love, and to our world only reverence and care. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.