Let us rememberMemorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Intention: For all who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership and governance, that they will seek peace and justice, and work together for the common good.


Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:31-35

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.  “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.  It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.”

He spoke to them another parable.  “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.  He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.

From the Meditation on Saint Ignatius of Loyola | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Your work will be of little value if you do not have as your purpose the salvation of souls.  Does your zeal for the poor lead you to seek ways as effective as those used by Saint Ignatius?  The more ardently you pray for the good of the souls entrusted to you, the more God will help you find the skill to touch their hearts.


Eternal Father, there are many times when we are not sure how to hear and receive your word when you call to us.   Your son teaches all of us the meaning of discipleship – to be awake and faithful to your will, to do all that we do for the love of you and for the building of your Kingdom. Help us today to have open and ready hearts, to abandon ourselves with confidence to your wisdom and care as we proclaim the Gospel with our daily lives.  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.