Intention: For all who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership and governance, that they always will work for peace and justice for all people.
Today’s Gospel | John 11: 19-27
Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
From the Meditation on Saint Martha | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Nothing is more admirable than the faith Saint Martha showed when Jesus raised Lazarus to life. She told Jesus that if he had been with her when her brother was ill, he would not have died, that she knew that God would grant him all that he would ask, and that if he wished to bring her brother back to life, he could easily do it. But when Jesus told her that her brother would indeed rise again, she declared that it was true that he would rise at the time of the general resurrection. When Jesus added that he was the resurrection and the life and that those who believed in him would live and never die, he asked her if she believed this, and she answered, yes, that she did believe that he was the Christ, the Son of the living God who had come into this world. This answer, which was the same answer of Saint Peter that Jesus Christ had so highly praised, deserves very special veneration because of the great faith it shows.
Especially in your actions, your faith ought to be seen by your performing them only with the spirit of faith, as you are obliged according to the spirit of your Institute.
Eternal Father, you sent to us your son Jesus not just so that we would worship him, but so that we would follow him. Sometimes we can confuse having faith with living faith. Fill our hearts with a passion for not just for believing the right things, but for doing the right things. Help us to use our lives to proclaim the Gospel and to be the sound of your call to all, faithful guides and servants to all who you bring into our lives. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.