Weekly Intention: In thanksgiving for God’s blessing and guidance of our District of San Francisco New Orleans as we mark its first year of existence.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 16:13-19
Jesus put this question to his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” And they said, “Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he said “who do you say I am?” Then Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed among men! It was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of hell can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.”
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
This is what God does by diffusing the fragrance of his teaching throughout the whole world by human ministers. Just as he commanded light to shine out of darkness, so he kindles a light in the hearts of those destined to announce his word to children, so that they may be able to enlighten those children by unveiling for them the glory of God. Because God in his mercy has given you such a ministry, do not falsify his word, but gain glory before him by unveiling his truth to those whom you are charged to instruct. Let this be your whole effort in the instructions you give them, looking upon yourselves as the ministers of God and the dispensers of his mysteries.
Eternal Father, your Son prayed that your people would be one, that we would be his Church. Send us your Spirit to teach us how to be his body on earth. Make of us the community that builds the Kingdom of God. In the midst of separation, let us speak for unity. In the midst of turbulence, let us speak for peace. In the midst of selfishness, let us speak for justice. Break down the walls which separate and unite us, and make us worthy to claim that we are your children. 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.