Intention: In thanksgiving for our Lasallian Volunteers and for God’s blessing on their gathering this week.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 20:20-28
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Since you are ambassadors and ministers of Jesus Christ in the work that you do, you must act as representing Jesus Christ himself. He wants your disciples to see him in you and receive your instructions as if he were giving them to them. They must be convinced that your instructions are the truth of Jesus Christ who speaks with your mouth, that it is only in his name that you teach, and that it is he who has given you authority over them.
Eternal Father, there are many times when we are not sure how to hear and receive your word when you call to us. Your son teaches all of us the meaning of discipleship – to be awake and faithful to your will, to do all that we do for the love of you and for the building of your Kingdom. Help us today to have open and ready hearts, to abandon ourselves with confidence to your wisdom and care as we proclaim the Gospel with our daily lives. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.