Intention: For the spread of peace and justice throughout the world, especially where hearts have become hardened to God’s presence.
Today’s Gospel | John 3:7b-15
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
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, it seems that we are always looking for you or waiting for you, but then when you come to us, we refuse to believe it. Open the eyes of our souls, so that we may see that we are surrounded by your redeeming work. Teach us to recognize the sound of your voice and the touch of your hand on our hearts. Steady us to do your work with courage and zeal, seeing and enduring all things with the eyes and the spirit of faith. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.