Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

This Week’s Intention:  For all who struggle with addiction, that they will say “Yes” to God’s strength, healing, and peace in their lives.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 21: 5-11

Jesus Christ IconWhile some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”  He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’  Do not follow them!  When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

From the Eighth Meditation for Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle

De La Salle IconSaint James says, If someone says that he has the faith and that he does not have the works, of what use to him is his faith; can it save him? What would it benefit you, then, to teach your disciples the truths of the faith if you do not teach them to practice good works? For faith that is not accompanied by works is dead.

It will not, then, be enough for you to have instructed your disciples about the mysteries and the truths of our holy religion if you have not helped them learn the chief Christian virtues and if you have not taken an altogether special care to help them put these virtues into practice, as well as all the good of which they are capable at their age. For no matter how much faith they may have or how lively it may be, if they do not commit themselves to practice good works, their faith will be of no use to them.

Prayer for the Day

Prayer HandsEternal Father, it is easy to confuse the impressiveness of our own creations for the real power and permanence that live only in you.  And so help to look not to material things to find meaning and strength, but to look to you.  Teach us to trust in you, letting you lead us through this world to show us what we can do to make it all that you intended it to be.  Today we choose to follow your ways and to walk in your truth.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.