Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: For all who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership and governance, that they always will work for peace and justice for all people.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

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

God uses the angels not only to deliver those entrusted to them from the powers of darkness and make them grow in the knowledge of God but also to help them lead a life worthy of God, so that they will be pleasing to him in every way and produce good works of every sort.  The angels are zealous for the good of those in their care, because of the commission they have received from God, the Father of light and of all good. They contribute, as far as they are able, to make those in their care worthy to share the lot of the saints.


Eternal Father, your grace is a surprise that opens our eyes to the life-giving power of your love.  Bless us with creative hands and generous hearts to build up your Kingdom.  Guide us to those people and experiences that will reveal your will to us.  May we live as instruments of your presence for all, especially those who are most in need. 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.