Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Intention: That God will continue to bless us the Lasallian Family with opportunities to serve all persons, especially those most in need, and to strive to build a more compassionate and just world.

Today’s Gospel | John 19:25-34

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”  Then he said to the disciple,”Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.”  There was a vessel filled with common wine.  So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.  When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”  And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.  But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

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

This is what made Saint Paul say very well, speaking of himself, I accomplish what is lacking in the Passion of Christ.  Is there something lacking, then, in the Passion of Christ? Nothing, certainly, on the part of Jesus Christ, but on the part of this holy Apostle, as well as everyone else, what was lacking was the acceptance of his will, the union of his sufferings with those of Jesus Christ as one of his members suffering in him and for him.

Because you are obliged to help your disciples save themselves, you must engage them to unite all their actions to those of Jesus Christ, our Lord, so that their actions, made holy by his merits and by his consecration, are able to be pleasing to God and a means of salvation for them. This is how you must teach them to benefit from the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to make the advantages and merits of his death effective in them.


God our Father, even as he was dying on the cross, your Son called us together to be one in your love.  Yet, we know that we often do not live up to this calling, that we sin against your will, especially in how we treat one another. As we contemplate what it means to be your light in this world, help us to make of our actions a caring embrace of our brothers and sisters, especially those who are most in need.  Strengthen our faith and make of us worthy ambassadors or Christ.  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, prayer for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.