Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

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 16:15-18

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.  These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.  They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.  They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

From the Meditation on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Jesus Christ has called you to fulfill his ministry and to teach the poor. Are you as faithful to God’s voice as Saint Paul was? Do you correspond as promptly as he did to all the movements of grace? Are you as zealous as he was to fulfill the duties of your work? Do you say with Saint Paul, Lord, what do you want me to do? Are you as prompt to do everything that you learn about what God is asking of you?


Eternal Father, so often we choose to give our lives only to those things that serve us and our desires.  Help us to open ourselves to the needs of others and of our world.  Teach us that the true gifts and wonder of your creation lie in the life of faith, hope, and love to which you call us.  Lead us away from selfishness and hypocrisy and onto the path of your compassion and solidarity.  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.