Intention: For the will to live with greater compassion and welcome toward all people, especially where histories of misunderstanding and fear divide us.
Today’s Gospel | John 12:24-26
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”
From the Meditation on Saint Lawrence | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Let us admire how great the faith of this saint was, for it led him to look upon the poor as the treasure of the Church, that is, as being the most precious and most valuable part in the Church, having the closest relationship with Jesus Christ. Let us share this saint’s attitude, we to whom God has entrusted the most valuable portion of his treasure.
Eternal Father, your Son taught his disciples that with great blessing comes great responsibility. So often we think of blessing as a possession and not as gift. Help us to overcome the selfishness that draws us away from others. Fill us with the faith and compassion to share our gifts and to empty ourselves for the sake of your Kingdom. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.