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 8:23-27
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
From the Third Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Because you are obliged to help your disciples 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 the advantages and merits of his death effective in them.
Eternal Father, your Son came to call us to ever greater faith. It is easy for us to trust in you when we are not being tested by the storms of life. We pray for the grace of true faith that lives in us at all times, especially when times are darkest. May we always seek your light and be its channels to one another. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.