Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

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

Today’s Gospel | John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.  But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe.  Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.  And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

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

For this reason and in this spirit, you must have the love and the glory of God as your single aim in the instruction of these children, for the love of God ought to impel you, because Jesus Christ died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who died for them. This is what your zeal must inspire in your disciples, as if God were appealing through you, because you are ambassadors for Jesus Christ.


Eternal Father, Jesus taught us that to live well, we must learn to do your will.  There are days when this is not easy.  When our lives are a puzzle that we do not know how to put together, help us to be still and to see your face in the midst of our struggles and doubts. Lead us back to your ways and help us to make the most of each day by doing the work of building your kingdom.  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.