Intention: For all refugees and displaced persons, especially children, that they will know God’s comfort and healing through the compassion of just and caring people everywhere.
Today’s Gospel | John 14:27-31a
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
From the Fourth Meditation for the Time of the Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Jesus Christ, speaking to his Apostles, told them that he gave an example to them, so that they may do as he had done. He also wanted his disciples to accompany him at all the conversions he brought about, so that seeing how he acted, they could be guided and formed by his conduct in all they would have to do to win souls to God.
This is also what you must do, because Jesus Christ has chosen you among so many others to be his cooperators in the salvation of souls. In reading the Gospel, you must study the manner and the means that he used to lead his disciples to practice the truths of the Gospel.
Eternal Father, your love has existed for all time and today it has found us and touched our lives. Help us to love you through our faithfulness to your word and our love for one another. Forgive us when we fail to live lives that reflect your love. May we always be aware of your presence and always be obedient to your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.