Intention: That our spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving this week may be a sign of faith to one another and to the world of God’s saving presence in human hearts and human history.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
From the Meditation for St. Catherine, Virgin and Martyr | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What an admirable thing it is, and of what great help to those who wish to live in piety and in the practice of virtue, to meditate often on the holy and exalted maxims contained in Holy Scripture! They are far above all that the human mind can conceive by itself. Holy Scripture enlightens the mind with the divine light which Saint John says enlightens everyone who comes into this world. Because, according to Saint Paul, the precepts of the Lord are in Scripture, meditation on them animates us to practice them.
Following Saint Catherine’s example, make use of this means to sanctify yourself. Often meditate on the words of Holy Scripture to encourage yourself to do what is right and to be guided according to the spirit of your state. For the word of God contained in Scripture has that effect, according to Saint Paul, because it is living and effective, and penetrates more deeply than a two-edged sword. It enters, continues the same Apostle, and penetrates even to the most hidden depths of soul and spirit. Make use of it, then, for this purpose, since it procures such great benefits.
Eternal Father, we pray today that you will strengthen us to live as your Son lived – as one who gave everything for the sake of your creation. Help us to show the power of your love to a broken world and share the truth that is your living Word. Through all of our actions, may we work to build your Kingdom, being always aware of your presence and always obedient to your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.