Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention:  For the will to live with greater compassion and welcome toward all people, especially where histories of misunderstanding and fear divide us.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 14: 22-36

Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds.  After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.  When it was evening he was there alone.  Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.  During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.  When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.  “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.  At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.”  Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  After they got into the boat, the wind died down.  Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.  When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country.  People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.

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

Because you are ambassadors and ministers of Jesus Christ in the work that you do, you must act as representing Jesus Christ.  He wants your disciples to see him in you and to receive your instructions as if he were instructing them.  They must be convinced that your instructions are the truth of Jesus Christ, who speaks with your mouth, that it is only in his name that you teach, and that he has given you authority over them.

Prayer

Eternal Father, everything you do is absolute good.  May we let ourselves experience you today in all of your abundant kindness, humble in your presence and grateful for your gifts.  Open our eyes to those who are living with emptiness so that we may reach out to them.  Bless us with the faith to believe that we really can multiply the effects of your love and make a difference in this world. 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.