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 | John 1:47-51
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
From the Meditation on Saint Michael the Archangel | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Saint Michael gives glory to God even now, day after day, by the good that he does for Christians and by the graces he obtains for them, because he has been chosen by God to be the protector of the Church, which he upholds and defends against her enemies. Was he not the one, in fact, who was sent by God to help King Ezechias kill 180,000 men in Sennacherib’s army, who, according to Saint Jude, struggled against the devil to have control over the body of Moses and who even, as the Church chants, has been appointed by God to welcome the souls of the just when they leave their bodies and to bring them to heaven? He, likewise, defends the Church, as the well-beloved of God, against schism and heresy, which from time to time oppose her holy teaching and disturb her.
Let us, then, join with this holy leader of the angels to share in his zeal, both for our own salvation and for that of all Christians. Let us abandon ourselves completely to his care and have confidence in his help. Let us be docile to his interior voice, so that all the means that God offers us through him for our salvation may be effective in us and that we on our part may not place any obstacle to their action.
Eternal Father, in the midst of the routine of our lives, when we might be easily distracted from your presence, inspire us to awaken ourselves to you. When you pass before us and call out to us to walk with you, may we have the wisdom to join you. Inspire within us a longing to see you better and to learn from your ways. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.