Intention: That all people will work together tirelessly to bring peace and safety to those whose lives are being torn by crime and violence.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 14:12-14
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
From the Meditation on Saint Charles Borromeo | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Detachment from riches and from the comforts of life is one of the first dispositions we must have to belong entirely to God and to work for the salvation of souls. This was also the first thing that Jesus Christ required of his holy Apostles and what they inspired in the first Christians.
If you wish, then, to be worthy to be employed in the salvation of souls, be detached from everything, and the grace of God will be given to you in abundance, not only for you but also for others. Say, as it is written in Genesis, Give me souls, and take all the rest for you. In other words, dispose of all the rest as you please, because, except for your holy love and the salvation of souls, I am indifferent to all the rest.
Eternal Father, your Son taught that we always should take care not to put other things ahead of the work of building your Kingdom. We pray that, with the help of your grace, we will live humble and generous lives. When we are tempted to treat as gods our own interests and comforts, help us to return our lives to the path of faith, compassion, and justice. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.