Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Intention: That each of us may examine our lives to see how we are living the Gospel’s call to be peacemakers and to stand in solidarity and with resolve with all who are victims of ignorance and injustice in our world.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 12:18-27

Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, if someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants. So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.”

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

You share in the ministry of the Guardian Angels by making known to children the truths of the Gospel, which you have been chosen by God to announce. You must teach them how to put these truths into practice, and you must have very great zeal to procure their accomplishment of this practice.

In imitation of (Saint Paul), you must encourage them to live in a manner worthy of God, because God has called them to his kingdom and his glory.

Your zeal must go so far in this that to achieve it, you are ready to give your very life, so dear to you are the children entrusted to you.

Prayer

Eternal Father, how is it that we can live so much of our lives in self-righteousness, thinking that our ways are always right and best?  Bless us with the humility to realize that every one of us is both saint and sinner, both wise person and fool.  Teach us not to fear our brokenness but rather to embrace it as a call to repentance and conversion.  May we find our wholeness in our oneness with one another in you.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

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