Saturday 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 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.  For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.  Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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

How much easier it is for children to fall over some precipice, because they are weak in mind as well as in body and have little understanding of what is for their own good. Therefore, they need the light of watchful guides to lead them on the path of salvation, guides who have an adequate understanding of matters concerning piety and a knowledge of the ordinary faults of young people. Thus they will be able to help them be aware of pitfalls and keep away from them.

This is what God has provided in giving children teachers whom he has charged with this care and to whom he has given the concern and the vigilance not only to prevent anything whatsoever harmful to their salvation from capturing their hearts but also to guide the children through all the dangers they meet in the world. The result will be that the devil will not even dare approach them, because they are under the guidance of these attentive leaders and under the protection of God.

Prayer

Eternal Father, there are times when our weaknesses and fears can cause us to lose sight of you.  Grant us the grace to never doubt that your power is always at work in the midst of our lives.  May we face the difficulties and challenges of our lives with deep faith in your saving grace.  Help us to remember that your presence is greater than any problem and, though our world may sometimes seem beyond hope, it will in time be transformed and redeemed by your love.  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.