Intention: For all youth, that they might receive in their lives the understanding, accompaniment, and love that they need to discover and embrace their best, truest selves.
Today’s Gospel | John 14:27-31a
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
From the Eighth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
The zeal that the holy Apostles had to announce the teaching of Jesus Christ caused the number of disciples to increase, so they chose seven deacons to distribute alms to the faithful and take care of their other needs, so greatly did these holy Apostles fear to encounter any obstacles able to distract them from preaching the word of God.
If the holy Apostles acted this way, it was because Jesus Christ had given them the example, for it is said of him that he was teaching every day in the Temple, where all the people listened to him with attention, and at night he would withdraw and go to pray on the Mount of Olives.
You, then, who have succeeded the Apostles in their work of catechizing and instructing the poor, if you want to make your ministry as useful to the Church as it can be, you must every day teach them catechism, helping them learn the basic truths of our religion, following the example of the Apostles, which is that of Jesus Christ, who devoted himself every day to this task.
Eternal Father, your Son made of himself a gift of peace to us. Sustain us as we strive to answer his call to open wide the doors of our hearts. May we welcome you by welcoming all who need human love and fellowship. Let us welcome the stranger as well as the close friend. Above all, may we do these things with a great simplicity and humility, seeking only to be ambassadors of your saving presence. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.