Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

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 10:32-45

The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them.  They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.  Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him.  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles who will mock him, spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death, but after three days he will rise.”  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  He replied, ‘What do you wish me to do for you?”  They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”  Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the chalice that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”  They said to him, ‘We can.”  Jesus said to them, “The chalice that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.  Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you.  Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.  For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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

You share in the ministry of the Guardian Angels by making known to children the truths of the Gospel, which you have been chosen by God to announce. You must teach them how to put these truths into practice, and you must have very great zeal to procure their accomplishment of this practice.

In imitation of (Saint Paul), you must encourage them to live in a manner worthy of God, because God has called them to his kingdom and his glory.

Your zeal must go so far in this that to achieve it, you are ready to give your very life, so dear to you are the children entrusted to you.

Prayer

Eternal Father, how is it that we can live so much of our lives in self-righteousness, thinking that our ways are always right and best?  Bless us with the humility to realize that every one of us is both saint and sinner, both wise person and fool.  Teach us not to fear our brokenness but rather to embrace it as a call to repentance and conversion.  May we find our wholeness in our oneness with one another in you.  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.