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 3:16-21
“God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Since you are obliged to help your disciples to save themselves, you must engage them to unite all their actions to those of Jesus Christ, our Lord, so that their actions, made holy by his merits and by his consecration, are able to be pleasing to God and a means of salvation for them. This is how you must teach them to benefit from the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to make effective in them the advantages and merits of his death.
Eternal Father, we know that through your Son’s death and resurrection there is hope for our world, but sometimes we make things hard for ourselves. We fall prey to our own negativity and impatience, focusing only on what is broken. Help our poor faith, so that we can embrace the power of your wisdom and love. May we empty ourselves of our doubts and cynicism, and walk into the light of your redemption. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.