Intention: For all of the students who are graduating from Lasallian schools and universities, that they may be blessed with fulfilling and generous futures, living their lives as instruments of God’s loving and saving presence.
Today’s Gospel | John 16:20-23
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
From the Fourth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd of the Gospel, who seeks the lost sheep, puts it on his shoulders, and carries it back to restore it to the fold. Because you are taking his place, consider that you are obliged to do the same thing. Ask him for the grace needed to procure the conversion of hearts.
You must, then, be very devoted to prayer to succeed in your ministry. You must constantly represent the needs of your disciples to Jesus Christ, explaining to him the difficulties that you have experienced in guiding them. Jesus Christ, seeing that you regard him as the one who can do everything in your work, whereas you are an instrument that must be moved only by him, will not fail to grant you what you ask of him.
Eternal Father, Jesus said that those who dared to believe in him would someday rejoice. We pray today for such faith. Help us to see in each of our days a path that brings us closer to you. May we grow in our trust in what you are doing in and for us. Teach us to seek your strength and proclaim your greatness both in times of darkness and in times of light. Make of us a people that dares to believe. We ask this of who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.