Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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 11:27-33

Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem.  As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things?  Or who gave you this authority to do them?”  Jesus said to them, “I shall ask you one question.  Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”  They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’  But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”– they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet.  So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”  Then Jesus said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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

The zeal you are obliged to have in your work must be so active and so alive that you can tell the parents of the children entrusted to your care what is said in Holy Scripture: Give us their souls; keep everything else for yourselves, that is, what we have undertaken is to work for the salvation of their souls. It is also the only reason you have committed yourselves to take the responsibility to guide and to instruct them.

Tell the parents also what Jesus Christ said about the sheep of which he is the shepherd and which must be saved by him: I came, he said, that they might have life and have it to the full.  For this had to have been the kind of ardent zeal you felt for the salvation of those you must instruct when you were led to sacrifice yourselves and to spend your whole life to give these children a Christian education and to procure for them the life of grace in this world and eternal life in the next.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son often would call his disciples to accept and love the children in their midst.  As we follow him, help us to know our children, to see and understand both their gifts and their needs.  May we be the hands and voice of your patience, companionship, healing, and empowerment.  We pray that we will be caring, vigilant, and loving mentors to the children of our world.  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.