Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For peace throughout our world, and that all leaders will listen to the cries of their people for dignity and justice.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower.  The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.  The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.  But he has no root and lasts only for a time.  When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.  The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.  But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.”

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

Be convinced of what Saint Paul says, that you plant and water the seed, but it is God through Jesus Christ who makes it grow, and brings your work to fulfillment.  So, when it happens that you encounter some difficulty in the guidance of your disciples, when there are some who do not profit from your instructions and you observe a certain spirit of immorality in them, turn to God with confidence. Very insistently ask Jesus Christ to make his Spirit come alive in you, since he has chosen you to do his work.

Consider Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd of the Gospel who seeks the lost sheep, places it upon his shoulders, and carries it back to restore it to the fold.  Since you are taking his place, look upon yourself as obliged to do the same thing. Ask him for the grace needed to procure the conversion of their hearts.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your son Jesus called all of us to follow him. Sometimes we can confuse having faith with living our faith.  Fill us with a passion for not just believing in you but also for doing your will every day.  We pray especially for the courage to stand against whatever seeks to seduce us away from your ways and into delusions of power and security and success.  Help us to use our lives to proclaim your truth and to be faithful disciples and signs of your saving presence to all.  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.