Intention: For God’s blessings on the SFNO Lasallian Youth Assembly and on the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies as they take place this week.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 8:18-22
When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This is what God does by diffusing the fragrance of his teaching throughout the whole world by human ministers. Just as he commanded light to shine out of darkness, so he kindles a light in the hearts of those destined to announce his word to children, so that they may be able to enlighten those children by unveiling for them the glory of God. Because God in his mercy has given you such a ministry, do not falsify his word, but gain glory before him by unveiling his truth to those whom you are charged to instruct. Let this be your whole effort in the instructions you give them, looking upon yourselves as the ministers of God and the dispensers of his mysteries.
Eternal Father, your Son knew that doing your will would not be easy for us. In our world, your ways are often misunderstood or rejected. Send us your Spirit to teach us how to be his body on earth. Make of us a people willing to build your Kingdom, giving ourselves completely to doing your will. Help us to be signs of contradiction to sinfulness and channels of your healing and love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.