This Week’s Intention: In thanksgiving for our Lasallian Volunteers and for God’s blessing on their orientation gathering this week.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:47-53
Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Such is the function you ought to perform for your disciples. It is your duty to act toward them as your Guardian Angels act toward you. You must win them over to practice the maxims of the holy Gospel, and to this end you must give them means that are easy and accommodated to their age. Gradually accustomed to this practice in their childhood, when older they will have acquired these maxims as a kind of habit and will practice them without great difficulty.
Eternal Father, the gift of your grace is a treasure that opens our eyes to the life-giving power of your love. We pray that bless us with industrious hands and generous hearts to build up your Kingdom. As you are present to us each and every day, let us become instruments of your presence for all, especially those most in need. Guide us to the persons and places that will reveal your will for us. Fire us with your Holy Spirit and make of us a servant people. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.