Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops
This Week’s Intention: That our Lasallian schools will continue to be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization are dispelled by the light of understanding, acceptance and respect for the dignity of every person.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 3:22-30
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that the purpose of the coming of the Son of God into this world was to destroy sin. This must also be the main purpose of the establishment of the Christian Schools and, therefore, the first object of your zeal. It must lead you to allow nothing in the children under your guidance that could displease God. If you observe in them something that offends God, you must immediately do all that you are able to remedy the problem.
Eternal Father, so often in life we choose to be guided by the things that we want, even if they take us away from you. Help us to see and to accept each day the wonder of your truth. Lead us away from selfishness and hypocrisy, and help us to realize our need for faith. Teach us that your creation holds many gifts and that, if our eyes and hearts are open to your presence in life, then we can learn all that we need to learn from you. 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.