Intention: That God’s peace and wisdom will touch the hearts of all whose lives are ruled by misunderstanding, anger, or fear.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 19:23-30
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
From the Eleventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You who hold the place of parents and pastors of souls, fear that God will act the same way toward you if you neglect to reprove and correct your disciples when it is needed, for you would have neglected the service with which God honored you when he put you in charge of guiding these children.
He has entrusted you especially with the care of their souls, which is what God had most at heart when he made you the guides and guardians of these young children.
Fear that your negligence may not be pardoned, any more than that of the high priest Eli, if you have not been sufficiently faithful to God in your work of striving to preserve in the grace of God these souls entrusted to your guidance.
Eternal Father, Jesus taught us to see and to accept your truth, both the comforting reassurances and the hard realities. Lead us away from wanting life to be free of sacrifice and from finding reasons to avoid doing your will. Help us to realize that you come to us through the challenges of each day and the needs of others and that, if our eyes and hearts are open, we can learn from life who you call us to be and what you call us to do. Help us to be strong, to move through each of our days in faith, hope, and love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.