Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Intention: That our Lasallian schools will be places where the sinfulness of exclusion and marginalization is dispelled by the light of community and respect.

Today’s Gospel | Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.  Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.  He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.  They too were in a boat mending their nets.  Then he called them.  So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

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

Consider that the purpose of the coming of the Son of God into this world was to destroy sin. This must also be the main purpose of the establishment of the Christian Schools and, therefore, the first object of your zeal. It must lead you to allow nothing in the children under your guidance that could displease God. If you observe in them something that offends God, you must immediately do all that you are able to remedy the problem.

Prayer

Eternal Father, you call all people to do your will and help to build your Kingdom on earth.  Adults have a special responsibility to do this through the love and care that we give to children.  We pray for the guidance of your Holy Spirit to do right by all young people, accompanying them with compassion and wisdom as they journey to find their place in the world.  And may we reach out especially to those who suffer from poverty, exploitation, or neglect.  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.