Intention: For God’s blessings on the participants and staff at the Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:10-17
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.
From the Meditation on Saint Anne | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You received great graces from God when he withdrew you from the world and called you to a ministry devoted entirely to the salvation of souls. Are you consecrated to God in such a way that you have given up everything to think only of him and of the duties of your work? Do this from now on, at least, to be able to fulfill well so holy a ministry.
Eternal Father, your Son taught us about your Kingdom in ways that many people could not grasp. They had closed their minds and hearts to your ways and so were unable to understand. This is how many of us still are today. And so we pray that, by the grace of your patience, we may come to find eyes that can see and ears that can hear. Through the signs of our times, may we be able to recognize your voice as it calls us to greater faith, greater community, greater mercy, and greater love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.