Intention: For comfort and relief to all victims of epidemics and natural disasters, especially in regions where aid and resources are scarce.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 14:1-6
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” But they were unable to answer his question.
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
God wills not only that all come to the knowledge of truth but also that all be saved. He cannot truly desire this without providing the means for it and, therefore, without giving children the teachers who will assist them in the fulfillment of his plan. This, says Saint Paul, is the field that God cultivates, the building that he is raising, and you are the ones whom he has chosen to help in this work by announcing to these children the Gospel of his Son and the truths that are contained in it.
Eternal Father, you taught us that the heart of your ways is mercy. We pray, then, that we always will be merciful. Help us, O Lord, that we always will treat each other with patience and compassion, that we never judge or speak wrongly of others, and that we are never indifferent to each other’s pain. May we offer ourselves to you each day to be your instruments of peace, acceptance, forgiveness, and healing in this world. Grant us this, you who live and reign with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.