This Week’s Intention: That God’s healing and peace may fill the hearts of all people.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 8: 1-4
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
You, then, who have succeeded the Apostles in their work of catechizing and instructing the poor, if you want to make your ministry as useful to the Church as it can be, you must every day teach them catechism, helping them learn the basic truths of our religion, following the example of the Apostles, which is that of Jesus Christ, who devoted himself every day to this task. Like them you must also withdraw afterward to direct your attention to reading and to prayer, to learn thoroughly the truths and the holy maxims that you wish to teach, and through prayer to draw down God’s graces, which you need to do this work according to the Spirit and the intention of the Church, which entrusts it to you.
Eternal Father, we pray today that we might experience your divine compassion in our lives as did those who knew Jesus on this earth. Through your grace, may we open our hearts to your presence and know the wholeness that you bring, and may we have the courage and humility not to squander our chances to reach out to you each day. Strengthen us, so that we will be healed and will go out to do your will and build you Kingdom. 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.