Intention: That the darkness of stigma, exclusion, and marginalization might be dispelled by the light of compassion, respect, and welcome for every person as a child of God.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 13: 10-17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Have you up to the present regarded the salvation of your students as your personal responsibility during the entire time they are under your guidance? You have exercises that are arranged for your own sanctification, but if you have an ardent zeal for the salvation of those whom you are called to instruct, you will not fail to perform them and to relate them to this intention. In doing this you will draw down on your students the graces needed to contribute to their salvation. You can be assured that if you act this way for their salvation, God will assume the responsibility for yours. Take on this spirit for the future.
Eternal Father, your Son placed no limits on doing your will on earth. Whenever we hesitate or make excuses for acting compassionately and justly toward others, open our minds and soften our hearts. We pray today that we might be willing and worthy instruments of your divine love. Through your grace, may we have the courage and humility to embrace our chances to serve one another each day. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.