Let us rememberThursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: That all people will work together selflessly to bring peace and safety to those places that are being torn by war and battered by violence.


Today’s Gospel | Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Reflect on what Saint Paul says, that it is God who has established in the Church Apostles, Prophets, and teachers, and you will be convinced that he has also established you in your work. The same saint gives you another expression of this when he says that there are diverse ministries, but there are different operations, and the Holy Spirit manifests himself in each of these gifts for the common good, that is to say, for the good of the Church. One receives by the Spirit the gift to speak with wisdom; another, the gift of faith by the same Spirit.


Eternal Father, you sent your Son to reveal to us the fullness of the life that you want us all to have.  Bless us with the wisdom to build a world where the weak are protected and none live in want, where all people and nations live together in peace and justice, and where all of us are guided every day by your love and compassion.  May we have the courage to be your presence to each other and to build your Kingdom.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.