Intention: That our spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving this week may be a sign of faith to one another and to the world of God’s saving presence in human hearts and human history.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 21: 12-19
Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
From the Meditation for St. Catherine, Virgin and Martyr | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What an admirable thing it is, and of what great help to those who wish to live in piety and in the practice of virtue, to meditate often on the holy and exalted maxims contained in Holy Scripture! They are far above all that the human mind can conceive by itself. Holy Scripture enlightens the mind with the divine light which Saint John says enlightens everyone who comes into this world. Because, according to Saint Paul, the precepts of the Lord are in Scripture, meditation on them animates us to practice them.
Following Saint Catherine’s example, make use of this means to sanctify yourself. Often meditate on the words of Holy Scripture to encourage yourself to do what is right and to be guided according to the spirit of your state. For the word of God contained in Scripture has that effect, according to Saint Paul, because it is living and effective, and penetrates more deeply than a two-edged sword. It enters, continues the same Apostle, and penetrates even to the most hidden depths of soul and spirit. Make use of it, then, for this purpose, since it procures such great benefits.
Eternal Father, following your ways can take us on many new and challenging journeys. There are things in this world that we do not understand and there are some that will not understand us or what you have called us to do. We pray for the faith and faithfulness to persevere through all of the challenges and setbacks that we face. Fill us with a fierce devotion to your people, especially those in need, so that in serving them your strength will make them whole. Reassure and inspire us in our own moments of weakness and confusion, and bless the work of our hands. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.