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 | Mark 10:28-31
Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat |Saint John Baptist de La Salle
It is, then, not enough to procure the Christian spirit for children and to teach them the mysteries and doctrines of our religion. You must also teach them the practical maxims that are found throughout the holy Gospel. But because they do not yet have a mind sufficiently able to understand and practice these maxims by themselves, you must serve as visible angels for them in two ways: 1) you must help them understand the maxims as set forth in the holy Gospel, and 2) you must guide their steps along the way that leads them to put these maxims into practice.
For this they need visible angels, who by their instructions and good example will encourage them to appreciate and to practice these maxims. By these two means, then, these holy maxims will make a strong impression on the mind and on the heart.
Eternal Father, you created us to strive for holiness and to serve others. Yet, we sometimes miss the opportunities you give us today because we are busy worrying about how to make life better only for ourselves. Open us to your presence. Guide us to seek ways to live humbly and justly. May we live every day helping to build your Kingdom, seeking less and giving more. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.