Intention: For increased humility, patience, and compassion in all of our hearts as we search for better ways to live together and to guide our world into peace and justice-filled future.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 10:16-23
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that the purpose of the coming of the Son of God into this world was to destroy sin. This must also be the main purpose of the establishment of the Christian Schools and therefore the first object of your zeal. It must lead you to allow nothing in the children under your guidance which could displease God. If you observe in them something that offends God, you must immediately do all that you are able to remedy the problem.
That is why, following the example of the prophet Elias, you must show your zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of your disciples. I have been roused with a very great zeal for the Lord God of armies, he says, because the children of Israel have broken the covenant which they had made with God.
Eternal Father, Jesus warned his disciples that his word would ask of people difficult choices and that it would not always be well-received. The work of building your Kingdom is hard but it holds the promise of wholeness and fulfillment for all of us. Bless us this day with the courage and resilience to be living signs of your presence. Help us to a deeper awareness of the needs of those that we serve and to a deeper gratitude that you have called us to serve them. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.