Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: That all people will work together selflessly to bring peace and safety to those places that are being torn by war and battered by violence.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.  Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.  They immediately told him about her.  He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.  The whole town was gathered at the door.  He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.     Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.  Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”  He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come.”  So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

You, then, who have succeeded the Apostles in their work of catechizing and instructing the poor, if you want to make your ministry as useful to the Church as it can be, you must every day teach them catechism, helping them learn the basic truths of our religion, following the example of the Apostles, which is that of Jesus Christ, who devoted himself every day to this task.

Like them you must also withdraw afterward to direct your attention to reading and to prayer, to learn thoroughly the truths and the holy maxims that you wish to teach, and through prayer to draw down God’s graces, which you need to do this work according to the Spirit and the intention of the Church, which entrusts it to you.


Eternal Father, with our lives filled with so many things to think about and to do, we can forget to be still so that we can hear your voice and rest in your presence.  May each of our days begin with silent and listening hearts.  Let our actions always find their origin in you so that, freed from anxiousness and doubt, we may serve you faithfully and confidently.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.