Let us rememberFriday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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 10:1-12

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan.  Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them.  The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”  They were testing him.  He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”  They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”  In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.  He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

From the Meditation on Saint Matthias, Apostle | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

To carry out your ministry properly, you must have in it no human considerations, and you must not be concerned about anything that cannot help you bring about the salvation of the souls for whom you are responsible. This is the purpose of your state and of your work. Is this how you are acting?


Eternal Father, we pray today for the wisdom to understand that, as your children, we are called to holiness.  You call us to show mercy, to offer hope, to share joy, to bring peace, to make room.  When life challenges us to grow, may we sacrifice our comfortableness and find the strength and integrity that you have placed within us.  Lord, inspire us to higher and better places.  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.