Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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 9:14-17

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?”  Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.  No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.  Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

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

To bring the children whom you instruct to take on the Christian spirit, you must teach them the practical truths of faith in Jesus Christ and the maxims of the holy Gospel with at least as much care as you teach the truths that are purely theoretical.  It is true that a number of doctrines are absolutely necessary for us to know in order to be saved, but what would it serve to know them if we did not take the trouble to practice the good to which we are bound


Eternal Father, each day for us is a choice between your will and our selfishness.  So often we mistake possessions and power for true strength and virtue.  Open our eyes and hearts to your wisdom and help us to always seek what is good in your eyes.  May our lives be a sign of your presence and may we serve as ambassadors of your love and mercy.  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.