Intention: For persons living in places of crime and violence, that through the world’s efforts, safety and peace and new promise for their futures will come to them.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 17:5-10
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
“Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'”
From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You, then, whom God has called to this ministry, work according to the grace that has been given to you to instruct by teaching and to exhort by encouraging those who are entrusted to your care, guiding them with attention and vigilance in order to fulfill toward them the principal duty of fathers and mothers toward their children.
Eternal Father, each day we are faced with the challenge of how best to live together. And so we pray, help us to do our best for the sake of integrity and the good of our human community. Strengthen our ability to be faithful and loving toward each other, lifting and completing each other to wholeness. Strengthen also our ability to be charitable and forgiving toward other, remembering our own shortcomings and sinfulness. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.