Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Intention: For a spirit of freedom in our nation that is both determined and compassionate, both adventurous and wise, both challenging and inclusive.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.  Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple — amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

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

This is what God does by diffusing the fragrance of his teaching throughout the whole world by human ministers. Just as he commanded light to shine out of darkness, so he kindles a light in the hearts of those destined to announce his word to children, so that they may be able to enlighten those children by unveiling for them the glory of God. Because God in his mercy has given you such a ministry, do not falsify his word, but gain glory before him by unveiling his truth to those whom you are charged to instruct. Let this be your whole effort in the instructions you give them, looking upon yourselves as the ministers of God and the dispensers of his mysteries.

Prayer

Eternal Father, you always are with us, even when we do not recognize you in our crowded and distracted days.  You are present to us through both our comfortable times and our difficult times.  Awaken our minds and hearts so that we do not look past you as you call us to holiness.  Help us to see and know you, and fill our lives with faith, understanding, wisdom, and peace.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

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