Intention: That, as disciples of Christ, we, too, may welcome into our lives the stranger, the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, and the marginalized.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 10:1-7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
From the Meditation on Saint Benedict | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Are you careful to keep your students away from whatever might corrupt their morals, especially bad company, and do you inspire them with a horror of such companions? Are you so vigilant over their conduct that you prevent them from doing the least thing wrong when they are in your presence? Do you show them how to avoid all occasions of evil when they are no longer under your supervision? Learn from Saint Benedict how to bring up properly the children whom you have to guide. Act so as to obtain from him by your prayers the grace of guiding them well.
Eternal Father, your Son gathered his disciples and sent them forth so that the Kingdom of God might touch others through them. We pray today for open hearts and minds to hear his call to do the same in our own world. Help us to be your voice as you gather us into the wholeness of your love. Grant that, through our words and actions, we will fulfill well our duty to love one another and to care for all, especially those who are most in need of welcome and healing. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.