Intention: For God’s blessing on the gathering of Lasallian chief administrators this week in Orlando.
Today’s Gospel | Mark 10:28-31
Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What Jesus Christ says to his holy Apostles he also says to you, that you may understand that all the good you are able to do in your work for those entrusted to you will be true and effective only insofar as Jesus Christ gives it his blessing and you remain united with him. It is the same for you as it is for the branch of the vine, which can bear fruit only if it remains attached to the main stem and draws its sap and strength from the vine, which is also the source of all the goodness of the fruit.
Jesus Christ wants you to understand from this comparison that the more your work for the good of your disciples is given life by him and draws its power from him, the more it will produce good in them. This is why you must ask him earnestly that all your instructions be given life by his Spirit and draw all their power from him. Just as he is the one who enlightens everyone coming into the world, he is also the one who enlightens the minds of your students and leads them to love and practice the good that you teach them.
Eternal Father, each day of our lives, we are confronted with the signs of our times. The things that we see and hear all around us can reveal to us what is needed for our world to move closer to your Kingdom. We pray that you will open all eyes that are shut, all ears that are closed, all hearts that are hardened. Help us to come together as your people and be instruments of your redemption and fulfillment. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.