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 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It is easy to conclude from these examples that your zeal for the children who are under your guidance would be very imperfect if you exercised it only by instructing them. It will only become perfect if you practice what you are teaching them. Example makes a much greater impression on the mind and the heart than words, especially for children, for they do not yet have a mind sufficiently able to reflect, and they ordinarily model themselves on the example of their teachers. They are led more readily to do what they see done for them than what they hear told to them, above all when the teachers’ words are not in harmony with the teachers’ actions.
Eternal Father, you sent Jesus to proclaim a new world where all who suffer are cared for and restored to wholeness. Inspire us to answer this call, to remove all of the obstacles that block us from caring for each other. Help us to look at one another without judgment, to love one another unconditionally, and to be instruments of your compassion and healing. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.