Intention: For all who seek roles of leadership and advocacy in society, that their hearts and minds will be open to God’s wisdom and guidance.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You cooperate with God in his work, says Saint Paul, and the souls of the children whom you teach are the field that God cultivates through you. Because he is the One who has given you the ministry you exercise, when all of you appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, each will give his own account to God of what he has done as a minister of God and as a dispenser of his mysteries for children.
Eternal Father, living the Gospel can be a challenge. There are times when we have to risk being misunderstood or rejected, even by those close to us. Grant us the wisdom to see clearly who we are called to be, and the courage to do the right thing even when it is unpopular. May we always be faithful to your word in all that we say and do. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.