Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: That we may nurture a culture of vocation that invites and inspires all people to discern how to live their lives as their best and truest selves.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.  He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign?  Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”  Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.

From the Second Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

It is true that a number of doctrines are absolutely necessary for us to know in order to be saved, but what would it serve to know them if we did not take the trouble to practice the good to which we are bound?

Faith, Saint James says, without good works is dead.  Saint Paul also says, If I knew all the mysteries and had full knowledge and all the faith such that I move mountains from one place to another but have not charity (that is, sanctifying grace), I am nothing.


Eternal Father, there are so many times when we are ruled by our desire for life to go exactly as we would have it.  We forget that we are here to live in your time and to walk in your ways.  Help us to open our minds and hearts to your presence and to accept that all good things will come if we seek you first and above everything else.  We pray that we always will place our faith and hope in you, choosing obedience over willfulness and humility over pride. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.