Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Intention: That those entrusted with the care of the children and young people of our world be to them channels of God’s wisdom, compassion, fidelity, and love.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, if someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.  Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless.  Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally, the woman also died.  Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?  For all seven had been married to her.”  Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.  That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”  Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.”  And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

From the Meditation on the Presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

You have the happiness of being in God’s house, and you are bound there to his service. You must be filled with graces by the holy practice of prayer and strive to practice the virtues that are most fitting to your state. By these holy exercises, you will be able to fulfill your duties well, for you will not fulfill them as God requires of you except insofar as you are faithful to and diligent at the holy practice of prayer.  By this means the Holy Spirit will come to you and will teach you, as Jesus Christ promises his holy Apostles, all the truths of religion and the maxims of Christianity that you must know and practice perfectly, because you are obliged to inspire them in others.

Prayer

Eternal Father, it is in our identities as your children that we find the meaning and purpose of our lives.  Help us to always remember the sacred importance of the choices that we make and the things that we do, especially in our relationships with one another.  May a spirit of faith in you and zeal for your word inspire and guide us in all that we do.  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.