Intention: For God’s blessings on the participants and staff at the Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 12:46-50
While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
From the Second Mediation for the Time of Retreat
One of the main duties of fathers and mothers is to bring up their children in a Christian manner and to teach them their religion. But most parents are not sufficiently enlightened in these matters; some are taken up with their daily concerns and the care of their family; others, under the constant anxiety of earning the necessities of life for themselves and their children, cannot take the time to teach their children their duties as Christians.
It is characteristic of the providence of God and of his vigilance over human conduct to substitute for fathers and mothers persons who have enough knowledge and zeal to bring children to the knowledge of God and of his mysteries. According to the grace of Jesus Christ, that God has given to them, they are like good architects who give all possible care and attention to lay the foundation of religion and Christian piety in the hearts of these children, a great number of whom would otherwise be abandoned.
Eternal Father, just as your Son made his home with us, you call us to make our home with each another. Today in our world, people are giving in to their worst fears and embracing prejudice, selfishness, and mean spiritedness as a way of life. To see everyone and everything around us as you do, we first must return ourselves to humble and unconditional faith in you and your ways. Then we must grow hearts and hands ready to do your will, overcoming confusion with truth, alienation with welcome, and brokenness with compassion. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.