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 8:23-27
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You must, then, regard your work, which has been entrusted to you by pastors and by fathers and mothers, as one of the most important and necessary services in the Church.
This means that you are called to lay the foundation for the building of the Church when you instruct children in the mystery of the most Holy Trinity and the mysteries accomplished by Jesus Christ when he was on earth.
For, according to Saint Paul, without faith it is impossible to please God and consequently be saved and enter the homeland of heaven, because faith is the foundation of the hope that we have. The knowledge, then, that each must have of the faith, the instruction that must be given concerning the faith to those who are ignorant of it, is one of the most important things in our religion.
Eternal Father, your Son came to call us to greater and greater faith. It is easy for us to trust in you when we are not being tested by the storms of life. We pray for the grace of true faith that lives in us at all times, especially when times are darkest. May we always seek to stand in your light and to be its channels to one another. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.