Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For all whose work it is to care for people’s health and safety, that their hearts may be touched by God’s wisdom and compassion and that they may be sustained by the Spirit in the performance of their duties.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 8:1-4

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.  And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.”  His leprosy was cleansed immediately.  Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

From the Sixteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

The holy King David says that he will be filled with gladness when God will grant him the grace to see him and to enjoy the glory of heaven. For the sight of God fills all the powers of a person’s soul in such a way that all consciousness of self is lost, so to speak. The person is entirely present within the divinity and totally penetrated with God. This is the happiness that will be possessed in heaven by those who have procured the salvation of souls, who have done this in a way that has been useful to the good of the Church, who have by their care restored the robe of innocence to a great number of their disciples, who might have lost it through sin, and who have helped preserve the innocence of many others who have never lost it.

Prayer

Eternal Father, Jesus brought the gift of healing to those who were broken and suffering.  We pray, give us ears to hear the cries of those in need.  Fill us with giving hearts, so that we will take our feet where they need to go and open our hands to those who we might serve.  May we make for them a place where they can better feel your presence in this world.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.