Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Intention: That we may be a people of life, speaking for the dignity and needs of all persons, especially the poor, the oppressed, the exploited, the misunderstood, and the forgotten.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

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

God is so good that he does not leave unrewarded the good work that is done for him and the service that is rendered to him, especially for the salvation of souls. If it is true that God rewards so generously even in this world those who have left all things for him, that they receive a hundredfold in this life,1 with how much more reason will God reward even in this present time those who have devoted themselves with zeal to spread his kingdom!

Prayer

Eternal Father, we pray today that you will strengthen us to live as your Son lived – giving everything for the sake of your people.  Help us to show the power of your love to a broken world and share the truth that is your living Word.  Through all of our actions, may we work to build your Kingdom, being always aware of your presence and always obedient to your will.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.