Intention: For immigrant and refugee families in search of lives of peace and dignity, that citizens and governments will find the humility to be channels of God’s welcome, compassion, healing, and unity for them.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 6:24-34
Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
(T)he goodness of God has provided children with teachers who will instruct them in all these things. Admire the goodness of God in providing for all the needs of his creatures, taking the means to procure for all humanity the knowledge of the true good, that is, what concerns the salvation of their souls. Offer yourselves to God to help by assisting the children entrusted to you as much as he will require of you.
Eternal Father, your Son came to help us perfect our faith and trust in you. Open us to the infinite compassion and care of your presence. Teach us to find in your grace the wisdom and strength to clear away our doubts and live our lives in the fullness of your love. And just as you comfort and sustain us, may we reach out to others and be channels of your mercy in their times of need. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.