Intention: For all who live in the darkness of poverty, violence, abuse, or neglect, that they may know the light of God’s comfort through our acts of solidarity.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
If you want to prevent the account that you must give from becoming heavier with the passage of time, make one every day to yourself. Examine before God how you are conducting your work and whether you are failing in any of your duties. Come to see clearly who you are. Find fault accurately and unsparingly, so that when Jesus Christ comes to judge you, you will be able to face his judgment without being afraid. For when he comes, he will find nothing to condemn in you, because you will have anticipated his judgment, regarding not only your own person but also the talents and the graces you have received from God to fulfill well the service that he assigned to you.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that we must be open to your presence and ready to recognize you if we are to experience your Kingdom. There are times when we do not see you, and there are times when we do see you but are afraid to accept you. Help us to find the courage to live as your children, proclaiming your good news through what we say and what we do. May we come to know better and follow you faithfully all of our days. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.