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 16:13-19
Jesus put this question to his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” And they said, “Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he said “who do you say I am?” Then Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed among men! It was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of hell can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.”
From the Meditation on The Feast of Saint Peter | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Do you have faith that is able to touch the hearts of your students and to inspire them with the Christian spirit? This is the greatest miracle you can perform and the one that God asks of you, for this is the purpose of your work.
Eternal Father, your Son called us to be one body in him, a community of faithfulness and wholeness. Send us your spirit so that we can do this. In the midst of separation, may speak for unity. In the midst of turbulence, may speak for peace. In the midst of selfishness, may speak for justice. Break down the walls which separate and unite us, and make us worthy to claim that we are your children. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.