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 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”
From the Meditation on Saint Bernardine | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
There is no one to whom you cannot and must not try to be helpful by the example of your virtues. This was the first way Saint Bernardine practiced his zeal. It is also the way you are obliged to preach to everyone and the principal apostolic function you must exercise.
Eternal Father, the greatest gift that you have given us is the gift of faith. Create within us humble and hope-filled spirits, so that we will not hesitate to meet the world’s brokenness with your strength, to be instruments of your compassion, peace, and justice. Grant that we always will be worthy disciples to your Son and worthy builders of your Kingdom. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.