Memorial of Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
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: 1-4
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
God, having chosen and destined Saint Paul, as the Apostle says, to preach the Gospel to the nations, gave him such knowledge of the mysteries of Jesus Christ that he was enabled, like a good architect, to lay the foundation for the building of the faith and of the religion which God raised up in the cities where Saint Paul announced the Gospel according to the grace that God had given him. He was the first of all to preach in these places.
That is why he says quite justly that those to whom he announced the Gospel are his work and that he has begotten them in Jesus Christ.
Without comparing yourselves to this great saint (and keeping in mind the due proportion between your work and his), you can say that you are doing the same thing and fulfilling the same ministry in your profession.
You must, then, regard your work, which has been entrusted to you by pastors and by fathers and mothers, as one of the most important and necessary services in the Church.
Prayer for the Day
Eternal Father, it is good that we know how to give. But you taught that it is not enough just to give, but that we also have to sacrifice. If we are truly to know what it means to do your will, then we must be willing to let go of our own security and to trust in your care. Help us today to understand that to serve you we cannot just give what is easy to give but must also give deeply of ourselves. Inspire us through your Word to empty ourselves for others, especially those in need and those who have been entrusted to our care. 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.