Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.  Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father.  No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

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

Consider that because you must work in your ministry for the building of the Church on the foundation which has been laid by the holy Apostles, by the instruction you are giving to the children whom God has entrusted to your care and who are entering into the construction of this building, you must do your work as the Apostles carried out their ministry.

As told in the Acts of the Apostles, every day, both in the Temple and in homes, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming Jesus Christ.  It followed that every day the Lord increased the number of faithful and the union of those who were being saved.

The zeal that the holy Apostles had to announce the teaching of Jesus Christ caused the number of disciples to increase, so they chose seven deacons to distribute alms to the faithful and take care of their other needs, so greatly did these holy Apostles fear to encounter any obstacles able to distract them from preaching the word of God.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son spent his earthly life calling all people to come to know you.  Today, there are still so many of us who are out of touch with your ways.  Fill us with the grace to return ourselves to you, living as signs of your presence to others, especially those who are farthest from your salvation.  May we be faithful disciples of your Son and tireless builders of your Kingdom.  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.