Intention: For God’s blessings on the participants and staff at the Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:18-23
Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This is what God has provided in giving children teachers whom he has charged with this care and to whom he has given the concern and the vigilance not only to prevent anything whatsoever harmful to their salvation from capturing their hearts but also to guide the children through all the dangers they meet in the world. The result will be that the devil will not even dare approach them, because they are under the guidance of these attentive leaders and under the protection of God.
Ask God today for the grace to watch so well over the children confided to you that you will take every possible precaution to shield them from serious faults.
Ask God to be such good guides for them, through the light that you will procure for yourselves by turning to God and by the fidelity with which you do your work, that you will see clearly every obstacle to the good of their souls and keep away from the path of their salvation everything that could harm them.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that to truly know your gift of salvation, we must welcome and nurture it with open and faithful hearts. Bless us with the determination to plow up the hard ground of our sinfulness. Help us to be soil that receives and nourishes your will for us. Inspire us to grow and bear fruit for your Kingdom through lives of humility, compassion, and justice. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.