Intention: For all who live in the darkness of poverty, violence, abuse, or neglect, that they may know the light of God’s comfort through our acts of solidarity.
Today’s Gospel | John 6:60-69
Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
From the Thirteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
If you want to prevent the account that you must give from becoming heavier with the passage of time, make one every day to yourself. Examine before God how you are conducting your work and whether you are failing in any of your duties. Come to see clearly who you are. Find fault accurately and unsparingly, so that when Jesus Christ comes to judge you, you will be able to face his judgment without being afraid. For when he comes, he will find nothing to condemn in you, because you will have anticipated his judgment, regarding not only your own person but also the talents and the graces you have received from God to fulfill well the service that he assigned to you.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that we must be open to your presence and ready to recognize you if we are to experience your Kingdom. There are times when we do not see you, and there are times when we do see you but are afraid to accept you. Help us to find the courage to live as your children, proclaiming your good news through what we say and what we do. May we come to know better and follow you faithfully all of our days. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.