Weekly Intention: In thanksgiving for God’s blessing and guidance of our District of San Francisco New Orleans as we mark its first anniversary.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 8:23-27
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | St. John Baptist de La Salle
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.
This means that you are called to lay the foundation for the building of the Church when you instruct children in the mystery of the most Holy Trinity and the mysteries accomplished by Jesus Christ when he was on earth.
For, according to Saint Paul, without faith it is impossible to please God and consequently be saved and enter the homeland of heaven, because faith is the foundation of the hope that we have. The knowledge, then, that each must have of the faith, the instruction that must be given concerning the faith to those who are ignorant of it, is one of the most important things in our religion.
Eternal Father, you always are with us, even when we do not recognize you in the crowdedness of our days. You are present to us through our comfortable times and our difficult times. You speak to us words that we need to hear and words that we long to hear. Lord, awaken us so that we do not look past you as you call us to faith, to understanding, to wisdom, and to peace. May we be a true sign of your presence and serve as ambassadors of your great love and salvation. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.