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 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
From the Tenth Meditation for Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that the purpose of the coming of the Son of God into this world was to destroy sin. This must also be the main purpose of the establishment of the Christian Schools and, therefore, the first object of your zeal. It must lead you to allow nothing in the children under your guidance that could displease God. If you observe in them something that offends God, you must immediately do all that you are able to remedy the problem.
That is why, following the example of the Prophet Elias, you must show your zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of your disciples. I have been roused with a very great zeal for the Lord God of hosts, he says, because the children of Israel have broken the covenant that they had made with God.
If you have zeal for the children for whom you are responsible and have committed yourselves to keep them from sin, which is your duty, you must take on this spirit of the Prophet Elias when they fall into some fault. Driven by this same holy ardor that roused this Prophet, you must say to your disciples, I am so zealous for the glory of my God that I cannot see you renounce the covenant you made with him in Baptism and the dignity of children of God, which you received in that sacrament.
Eternal Father, we pray today that you will strengthen us to live as your Son lived – a life lived by one who gave everything for the sake of your creation. Help us to show the power of your love to a broken world and share the truth that is your living Word. Through all of our actions, may we work to build your Kingdom, being always aware of your presence and always obedient to your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.