Intention: That we all will come to share a deep and unconditional respect for the sanctity and dignity of life and of all of God’s creation.
Today’s Gospel | John 1:29-34
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
All your care for the children entrusted to you would be useless if Jesus Christ did not give the quality, the power, and the efficacy needed to make your care useful. Because the branch of the vine cannot bear fruit of itself (our Lord says) unless it remains attached to the main stem, neither can you bear fruit if you do not remain in me. This will be the glory of my Father, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
What Jesus Christ says to his holy Apostles he also says to you, that you may understand that all the good you are able to do in your work for those entrusted to you will be true and effective only insofar as Jesus Christ gives it his blessing and you remain united with him. It is the same for you as it is for the branch of the vine, which can bear fruit only if it remains attached to the main stem and draws its sap and strength from the vine, which is also the source of all the goodness of the fruit.
Eternal Father, you are the creator of all things. Everything and everyone is a reflection of your love and perfection. Still, we often think that we can create goodness apart from you, and so we convince ourselves that we are masters of life and of our world. Open our eyes to your truth, so that we might learn to live with faith and humility. May we always seek first to walk in your ways as servants and stewards. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.