Intention: For all persons who struggle with unemployment and economic hardship, that they receive the help and support that they need for themselves and their families.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 9:30-37
Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. For they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”
From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
The zeal you are obliged to have in your work must be so active and so alive that you can tell the parents of the children entrusted to your care what is said in Holy Scripture: Give us their souls; keep everything else for yourselves, that is, what we have undertaken is to work for the salvation of their souls. It is also the only reason you have committed yourselves to take the responsibility to guide and to instruct them.
Tell the parents also what Jesus Christ said about the sheep of which he is the shepherd and which must be saved by him: I came, he said, that they might have life and have it to the full. For this had to have been the kind of ardent zeal you felt for the salvation of those you must instruct when you were led to sacrifice yourselves and to spend your whole life to give these children a Christian education and to procure for them the life of grace in this world and eternal life in the next.
Eternal Father, many times in life we think that greatness lies in power and in being able to set ourselves above others. Bless us with the humility to accept that every one of us is both saint and sinner, both wise and foolish. Help us not to fear admitting our brokenness but rather to let it teach us our need for one another and for you. May we always welcome each other into our lives, especially those who are in need, and serve one another with compassion, care, and vigilance. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.