Intention: For all refugees and displaced persons, that they will know God’s comfort and healing through the compassion and justice of the world’s nations.
Today’s Gospel | John 13:31-33A, 34-35
When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You must not doubt that it is a great gift of God, this grace he has given you to be entrusted with the instruction of children, to announce the Gospel to them and to bring them up in the spirit of religion. But in calling you to this holy ministry, God demands that you fulfill it with ardent zeal for their salvation, because this is the work of God, and he curses the one who does his work carelessly.
Let it be clear, then, in all your conduct toward the children who are entrusted to you, that you regard yourselves as the ministers of God, carrying out your ministry with love and a sincere and true zeal, accepting with much patience the difficulties you have to suffer, willing to be despised by men and to be persecuted, even to give your life for Jesus in the fulfillment of your ministry.
Eternal Father, sustain us as we strive to answer your Son’s call to open wide the doors of our hearts. May we welcome you by welcoming all who need human love and fellowship. Let us welcome the stranger as well as the close friend. Above all, may we do these things with a great simplicity and humility, seeking only to be ambassadors of your love and compassion. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.