Intention: That we all will come to share a deep and unconditional respect for the sanctity and dignity of life.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 2:23-28
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
From the Meditation on Saint Anthony, Abbot | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
When Saint Anthony heard the following words of the holy Gospel read in church, If you wish to be perfect, go; sell all you have, and give it to the poor, he immediately began to carry out this invitation as though it had been addressed to him personally, convinced that this was what God was asking of him.
Let us admire this saint’s fidelity to the first suggestion of grace and his promptness in following the inspiration God gave him. Are we as faithful to God’s inspirations as Saint Anthony was? Are we as quick to do what grace asks of us
We made a profession, just as he did, to renounce everything when we left the world, but have we earnestly given up everything? Are we no longer attached to anything? We know this if we are glad to be poor and if we do not want to have comfortable things for ourselves or possess anything at all.
Eternal Father, all of your creation is holy and every day belongs to you. In your presence, we are on sacred ground and surrounded by your love. Set us free from all that separates us from you and help us to see all things through eyes of faith. Teach us to seek salvation in our being with one another, especially through our compassion and care for those most in need of healing. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.