Intention: For God’s blessing on our labors, that they always be done humbly, honestly, and justly.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 6:1-5
While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a Sabbath his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
God wills not only that all come to the knowledge of truth, but also that all be saved. He cannot truly desire this without providing the means for it and, therefore, without giving children the teachers who will assist them in the fulfillment of his plan. This, says Saint Paul, is the field that God cultivates, the building that he is raising, and you are the ones whom he has chosen to help in this work by announcing to these children the Gospel of his Son and the truths that are contained in it.
Eternal Father, we pray today for the grace of awareness. May we live each day awake to your presence and to your ways. Help us to see you in all that our eyes, ears, and hearts perceive. Teach us to read the signs of the times around us and to know where you are calling us to be and what you are calling us to do. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.