Wednesday 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: 12-19
Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
From the Ninth Meditation for Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
Let it be clear, then, in all your conduct toward the children who are entrusted to you, that you regard yourselves as the ministers of God, carrying out your ministry with love and a sincere and true zeal, accepting with much patience the difficulties you have to suffer, willing to be despised by men and to be persecuted, even to give your life for Jesus in the fulfillment of your ministry.
The zeal that ought to inspire you is meant to give you these dispositions, so that you recognize that it is God who has called you, who has destined you for this work, and who has sent you to labor in his vineyard. Do this, then, with all the affection of your heart, working entirely for him.
Prayer for the Day
Eternal Father, following your ways can take us on many new and challenging journeys. There are things in this world that we do not understand and there are some that do understand us or what you have called us to do. We pray for the faithfulness to persevere through all of the challenges and setbacks that we face. Fill us with a fierce devotion to your people, especially those most in need. Reassure and inspire us in our own moments of weakness and confusion, and bless the work of our hands. 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.