Intention: That, as disciples of Christ, we, too, may welcome into our lives the stranger, the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, and the marginalized.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
From the Fourteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Do you believe, perhaps, that you are responsible for your disciples only during the time of school, that your vigilance need not extend to their behavior outside of school in order to help them, as far as you are able, to live everywhere in a Christian manner and not associate with bad companions during the entire time they are under your guidance? To give an account for their souls means to give an account of everything that concerns their salvation; to watch exactly means to watch over everything with diligence, omitting and neglecting nothing.
Eternal Father, your Son has called all of us to follow him, not just to walk where and as he walks. To be his disciples, our journey must be one of serving as he served, teaching as he taught, and loving as he loved. Open our eyes and hearts to the faces of need that are around us. Grant that we might be worthy ambassadors of Christ, caring well for one another, especially those that you have entrusted to us. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.