Intention: For a spirit of humility that will take us beyond the boundaries of our fears and prejudices and into a life of compassion and giving.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 12:14-21
The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Jesus Christ wants you to understand from this comparison that the more your work for the good of your disciples is given life by him and draws its power from him, the more it will produce good in them. This is why you must ask him earnestly that all your instructions be given life by his Spirit and draw all their power from him. Just as he is the one who enlightens everyone coming into the world, he is also the one who enlightens the minds of your students and leads them to love and practice the good that you teach them.
Eternal Father, it is sad that our world often opposes those who try to speak what is true and do what is right. So many people who are in need of peace and love are denied the goodness that seeks to touch them. We pray that we will have the courage to be channels of your presence in the face of misunderstanding and rejection. Help us to be voices of justice and hands of service that can transform today’s fears and suffering into hope and healing. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.