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 9:7-9
Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.” But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him.
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Because children are the most innocent part of the Church and usually the best disposed to receive the impressions of grace, Jesus Christ desires that you fulfill so well your task of making them holy that all of them will come to the age of the perfect man and the fullness of Jesus Christ, so that they are no longer like children tossed here and there, no longer turned around by every wind of doctrine, by deceit, and by trickery, whether by companions with whom they associate or by men leading them into falsehood by their evil proposals.
Rather, in all things they are growing up in Jesus Christ, who is their head and through whom the whole body of the Church holds its structure and its union, so that they may always be so united with the Church and in her that by the hidden power that Jesus Christ furnishes to all his members, they will share in the promises of God in Jesus Christ.
Eternal Father, you make yourself known to us in so many different ways, yet often we still fail to realize who you are. Help our poor faith. Open our eyes and our ears to your truth, both as it dwells within us and as it comes to us through others. As we make our way through this day, may we embrace every opportunity to know you better, proclaiming through our actions the good news of your saving love for all of us. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.