Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.  They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?  Is he not the carpenter’s son?  Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?  Are not his sisters all with us?  Where did this man get all this?”  And they took offense at him.  But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.”  And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.

From the Meditation on Saint Ignatius of Loyola | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Your work will be of little value if you do not have as your purpose the salvation of souls.  Does your zeal for the poor lead you to seek ways as effective as those used by Saint Ignatius?  The more ardently you pray for the good of the souls entrusted to you, the more God will help you find the skill to touch their hearts.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son came to this world in a way that many people did not expect.  Their faith had been clouded by their own narrow desires and plans.  Today, open our minds and hearts to you.  May we recognize your presence among us and find the humility and sincerity to trust and to walk in your ways.  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.