Intention: That all people will learn how to come together in generosity and trust to restore our nation’s spirit of community.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 20:27, 34-38
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward.
Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘Lord, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
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.
This is why you must honor your ministry and keep trying to save some of these children. Since God, according to the expression of the same Apostle, has made you his ministers in order to reconcile them to him and has entrusted to you for this purpose the word of reconciliation for them, exhort them, then, as if God were exhorting them through you, for you have been destined to cultivate these young plants by announcing to them the truths of the Gospel, and to procure for them the means of salvation appropriate to their development.
Eternal Father, you taught your disciples to create within themselves open and generous hearts. In giving selflessly of ourselves, we share in your unconditional love for all. Help us to grow in humility and to always think of others first. Open our eyes and ears to the needs of those around us and guide the work of our hands to serve with compassion and joy. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.