Intention: For a spirit of conversion that opens our hearts to the ways of God and the needs of his people, especially those who suffer the pain of destitution, alienation, or oppression.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 8:16-18
Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
From the Ninth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What ought to engage you further to have great zeal in your state is the fact that you are the ministers not only of God but also of Jesus Christ and of the Church. This is what Saint Paul says when he expresses the wish that everyone ought to regard those who announce the Gospel as ministers of Jesus Christ, who write the letter that he has dictated, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, which are the hearts of children.
For this reason and in this spirit, you must have the love and the glory of God as your single aim in the instruction of these children, for the love of God ought to impel you, because Jesus Christ died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who died for them. This is what your zeal must inspire in your disciples, as if God were appealing through you, because you are ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
Eternal Father, our work and responsibilities lie before us today and we look to you for strength. If we go forward and stumble or fall, be the arm that supports us. Bless us with the faith to be light and the fire to carry on. Make us alert to whatever would distract or deceive us, and allow your love to shine through us and touch the hearts of others, especially those entrusted to our care. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.