Thursday 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 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

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

In carrying out your service to children, you will not fulfill your ministry adequately if you resemble Jesus Christ only in his guidance and in his conversion of souls. You must also enter into his purposes and kits goals. He came on earth, as he himself said, only that people might have life and have it to the full. This is why he said in another place that his words are spirit and life. By this he meant that his words procure the true life, which is the life of the soul, for those who hear them and, with gladness over what they have heard, act on them with love.


Eternal Father, you sent your Son to show us life as you call us to live it, with eyes open to each other’s needs and hands ready to serve.  Fill us with strength to build a world where the weak are protected and none live in want, where all people and cultures live together in peace and justice, guided every day by your love and compassion.  May we have the courage to be your presence to each other.  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.