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 13:54-58
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.
From the Meditation on Saint Ignatius of Loyola | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Your work will be of little value if you do not have as your purpose the salvation of souls. Does your zeal for the poor lead you to seek ways as effective as those used by Saint Ignatius? The more ardently you pray for the good of the souls entrusted to you, the more God will help you find the skill to touch their hearts.
Eternal Father, you sent to us your son Jesus not just so that we would worship him, but so that we would follow him. Sometimes we can confuse having faith with living faith. Fill our hearts with a passion for truth and integrity, not just for believing the right things, but for doing the right things. Help us to use our lives to proclaim the Gospel and to be the sound of your call to all, and to be faithful guides and examples to those who you have entrusted to our care. 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.