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 | Mark 3:1-6
Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.
From the Fourteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
What you say and do need not be as great a concern in the account you will have to render to God as the intention and the manner of these actions. For the faults of speaking and acting are usually more tangible and come more readily to your mind. Of intention Saint Paul says that whether we speak or whether we act, we must do all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not in order to please men but to please God. This is the purpose you must have and the sole motive that God wants you to have in your work.
Eternal Father, so often in life we choose to be guided by the things that justify our rejection of your truth. We defend our freedom by denying our oneness with all of life and preserving its wholeness only for ourselves. Help us to overcome our arrogance and selfishness and open our eyes and hearts to our best and truest selves, especially in our power to give and to serve and to heal. May we answer the coldheartedness of our times with better ways and better dreams. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.