Intention: For the people of Paris and the nation of France, that God’s gifts of healing, resilience, and determination will guide them through their time of pain and loss.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 19: 45-48
As Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that because you must work in your ministry for the building of the Church on the foundation which has been laid by the holy Apostles, by the instruction you are giving to the children whom God has entrusted to your care and who are entering into the construction of this building, you must do your work as the Apostles carried out their ministry.
As told in the Acts of the Apostles, every day, both in the Temple and in homes, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming Jesus Christ. It followed that every day the Lord increased the number of faithful and the union of those who were being saved.
The zeal that the holy Apostles had to announce the teaching of Jesus Christ caused the number of disciples to increase, so they chose seven deacons to distribute alms to the faithful and take care of their other needs, so greatly did these holy Apostles fear to encounter any obstacles able to distract them from preaching the word of God.
Eternal Father, we live in times that do not always make it easy to be persons of integrity. Help us to not just seek the comfortableness of conforming to popular culture, but to be true to the call to always seek your Kingdom. Give us the wisdom and passion to know how to transform our world into your body on earth, to make ourselves into a true people of God, and to live our lives each day rooted in faith, community, and service. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.